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Mattress March Planned for Friday in Solidarity With Columbia Student

Student and activist Megan Lamb is going to take a stand with a little extra weight this Friday against sexual assault.

In an event called “Carry That Weight,” Lamb is going to carry her mattress with her around Penn State’s campus at two separate times to stand in solidarity with a student who’s been doing the same to raise awareness at Columbia.

Emma Sulkowicz started out in a similar manner at her campus in Columbia University. Sulkowicz said she was assaulted, and when she didn’t think the appropriate measures were taken, she decided to make a statement. She’s carried her mattress, the very mattress where the rape allegedly occurred, on her back as a symbol for the literal and metaphorical weight that every victim carries. Lamb said she herself is an assault victim as well.

This Friday, two events are planned — the first will start at 11 a.m. at the Willard Building and loop Pollock and Curtin roads, while the second will begin at 6 p.m. at the HUB (Pollock Road side) and go downtown. Lamb is encouraging anyone who can to come out and join her for this great cause, and you can check out the Facebook event for more information here.

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