Students Nationwide Lift Mattresses Around Campus To Help Sexual Assault Survivors 'Carry That Weight'

Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz's action against rape has started a movement across the country.

When senior Emma Sulkowicz began hauling her dorm room mattress around Columbia University for her thesis, titled "Carry that Weight," she did it to protest her school's inaction toward her rape and to symbolize the hurt she's carried with her for the two years since it happened. On Wednesday -- two months later -- students across the U.S. helped with her burden, carrying mattresses around their own campuses to show support for sexual assault survivors everywhere.

Yesterday was known as #carrythatweight Day of Action.

And students from universities around the nation carried their beds...

...Just like Sulkowicz has been doing since the semester started. Two other students allege Sulkowicz's attacker raped them too, but all three cases were dismissed by the university.

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Last month, fellow Columbia students held a protest and helped her hoist the bed from place to place.


But this time, the protests were on a much larger scale.

Students rallied together in groups, making their own signs, plastering mattresses with their messages and marching around town to be heard.

Schools that were involved included Agnes Scott College in Georgia

Harvard University in Massachusetts

Mansfield University in Pennsylvania

Stanford University in California

DePaul University in Illinois

Clark University in Massachusetts

And, of course, Columbia in New York.

Related: Emma Sulkowicz Tells Us What It's Like Becoming A Voice For Survivors.

Not only did Sulkowicz start a conversation on her campus (where her alleged attacker still goes to school), but she helped spark more awareness around the country.

It gives you a lot to think about.

As for for Columbia, here's part of a statement they sent MTV News yesterday.

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If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673), or visit