NOW honors 'mattress girl' Emma Sulkowicz with Woman of Courage Award
- Emma Sulkowicz, otherwise known as 'Mattress Girl,' has been lionized by the National Organization for Women (NOW).
NOW named Sulkowicz a recipient of the Woman of Courage Award at its 2016 Forward Feminism Conference, June 24-26. The Woman of Courage Award has been given out annually since 1994, and past recipients including Lily Ledbetter and Ani DiFranco.
However, Paul Nungesser, the alleged rapist, maintained the sexual encounter was consensual. In fact, the rape account came into question when Nungesser was able to produce Facebook messages with Sulkowicz from months after the alleged incident. The messages from Sulkowicz included telling Nungesser that she loved him and wanted to snuggle with him.
Nungesser was ultimately found "not responsible" by Columbia University, and Sulkowicz decided not to pursue criminal charges. However, she continued her mattress campaign, urging Columbia to kick Nungesser off campus.(Excerpt) Read more at: campusreform.org ...
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