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Smear Campaign: g If this was another country, we'd have to tell you that this coffee may be hot. Good thing this is Canada okayto: bregma: kevinrfree: charlienight: commanderbishoujo: bogleech: prokopetz: johnlockinthetardiswithdestiel: truthandglory: assbanditkirk: whoa canada someone needs to turn down that sass level Two things to know about Canada! We are smart enough to know hot things should be hot. We are sorry if you don’t fun story about the reason they do that (at least in America) once this lady spilled her McDonald’s coffee on herself and ended up getting like 3rd degree burns and since there was no warning on the cup she was able to claim she didn’t know it would be hot (or at least that hot) and won a lawsuit against McDonald’s for $1 million That’s what the media smear campaign against her would have you believe, anyway. The truth of the matter is that the McDonald’s in question had previously been cited - on at least two separate occasions - for keeping their coffee so hot that it violated local occupational health and safety regulations. The lady didn’t win her lawsuit because American courts are stupid; she won it because the McDonald’s she bought that coffee from was actively and knowingly breaking the law with respect to the temperature of its coffee at the time of the incident. (I mean, do you have any idea what a third-degree burn actually is? Third-degree burns involve “full thickness” tissue damage; we’re talking bone-deep, with possible destruction of tissue. Can you even imagine how hot that cup of coffee would have to have been to inflict that kind of damage in the few seconds it was in contact with her skin?) Yeah I’m tired of people joking about either the “stupid” woman who didn’t know coffee was hot or the “greedy” woman making up bullshit to get money. She was hideously injured by hideous irresponsibility, it was an absolutely legitimate lawsuit and the warning on the cups basically allows McDonalds to claim no responsibility even if it happens again. Every other company followed suit to cover their asses. So they can still legally serve you something that could sear off the end of your tongue or permanently demolish the front of your gums and just give you a big fat middle finger in court. “The label SAID it would be HOT, STUPID.” obligatory reblog for the great debunking of the usual ignorance spouted about this case obligatory mention that the media smear campaign to twist teh facts on this case and get public opinion against the victim was deliberate and fueled by the right wing tort reform movement it was seized upon to limit the rights of consumers to hold giant corporations accountable for wrongdoing watch the documentary Hot Coffee, it lays out all of the facts and examines the response to this case and explains why everything you think you know about this case is bullshit, and explains why tort reform is bullshit in an entertaining and informative manner The woman injured in Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants was 79 years old at the time of her injuries, and suffered third-degree burns to the pelvic region (including her thighs, buttocks, and groin), which in combination with lesser burns in the surrounding regions caused damage to an area totaling a whopping 22% of her body’s surface. These injuries that required two years of intensive medical care, including multiple skin grafts; during her hospitalization, Stella Liebeck lost around 20% of her starting body weight. She was uninsured and sued McDonald’s Restaurants for the cost of her past and projected future medical care, an estimated $20,000. The corporation offered a settlement of $800, a number so obviously ridiculous that I’m not even going to dignify it with any further explanation. The settlement number most often quoted is not the amount that the corporation actually paid; the jury in the first trial suggested a payment equal to a day or two of coffee revenues for McDonald’s, which at the time totaled more than $1 million per diem. The judge reduced the required payout to around $640,000 in both compensatory and punitive damages, and the case was later settled out of court for less than $600,000. Keep in mind that at the time, McDonald’s already had over 700 cases of complaints about coffee-related burns on file, but continued to sell coffee heated to nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit (around 90 degrees Celsius) as a means of boosting sales (their selling point was that one could buy the coffee, drive to a second location such as work or home, and still have a piping hot beverage). This in spite of the fact that most restaurants serve coffee between 140 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit (60 to 71 degrees Celsius), and many coffee experts agree that such high temperatures are desirable only during the brewing process itself. The Liebeck case was absolutely not an example of litigation-happy Americans expecting corporations to cover their asses for their own stupidity, but we seem determined to remember it that way. It’s an issue of liability, and the allowable lengths of capitalism, and even of the way in which our society is incredibly dangerous for and punitive towards the uninsured, but it was not and is not a frivolous suit. Please check your assumptions and do your research before you turn a burn victim’s suffering into a throwaway punchline. #don’t fricking get me started on Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants the level of misinformation floating around is staggering#I know that it’s an older case but it still makes me really mad that people treat it as this big dumb thing?#the fact that the media took a serious case and turned it into what it is to us today should piss people off#the level of distortion of facts is astonishing and upsetting and nobody seems to hear about it?#sorry I’m done I just#it upsets me when a legal travesty like this is just dragged out for some#’haha americans are sOOOOOOOo dumb!!1!’ humor#I MEAN GODDAMN IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE FUN OF AMERICANS AT LEAST MAKE FUN OF US WITH FACTS OKAY jesus, i actually didn’t know about any of this, thanks for clearing that up Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants at the American Museum of Tort Law The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case: Know the Facts at Consumer Attorneys of California
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 this coffee may be hot. Good thing this is Canada
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whoa canada
someone needs to turn down that sass level

Two things to know about Canada!
We are smart enough to know hot things should be hot.
We are sorry if you don’t

fun story about the reason they do that (at least in America)
once this lady spilled her McDonald’s coffee on herself and ended up getting like 3rd degree burns and since there was no warning on the cup she was able to claim she didn’t know it would be hot (or at least that hot) and won a lawsuit against McDonald’s for $1 million

That’s what the media smear campaign against her would have you believe, anyway. The truth of the matter is that the McDonald’s in question had previously been cited - on at least two separate occasions - for keeping their coffee so hot that it violated local occupational health and safety regulations. The lady didn’t win her lawsuit because American courts are stupid; she won it because the McDonald’s she bought that coffee from was actively and knowingly breaking the law with respect to the temperature of its coffee at the time of the incident.
(I mean, do you have any idea what a third-degree burn actually is? Third-degree burns involve “full thickness” tissue damage; we’re talking bone-deep, with possible destruction of tissue. Can you even imagine how hot that cup of coffee would have to have been to inflict that kind of damage in the few seconds it was in contact with her skin?)

Yeah I’m tired of people joking about either the “stupid” woman who didn’t know coffee was hot or the “greedy” woman making up bullshit to get money.
She was hideously injured by hideous irresponsibility, it was an absolutely legitimate lawsuit and the warning on the cups basically allows McDonalds to claim no responsibility even if it happens again. Every other company followed suit to cover their asses.
So they can still legally serve you something that could sear off the end of your tongue or permanently demolish the front of your gums and just give you a big fat middle finger in court. “The label SAID it would be HOT, STUPID.”

obligatory reblog for the great debunking of the usual ignorance spouted about this case
obligatory mention that the media smear campaign to twist teh facts on this case and get public opinion against the victim was deliberate and fueled by the right wing tort reform movement
it was seized upon to limit the rights of consumers to hold giant corporations accountable for wrongdoing
watch the documentary Hot Coffee, it lays out all of the facts and examines the response to this case and explains why everything you think you know about this case is bullshit, and explains why tort reform is bullshit in an entertaining and informative manner

The woman injured in Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants was 79 years old at the time of her injuries, and suffered third-degree burns to the pelvic region (including her thighs, buttocks, and groin), which in combination with lesser burns in the surrounding regions caused damage to an area totaling a whopping 22% of her body’s surface. These injuries that required two years of intensive medical care, including multiple skin grafts; during her hospitalization, Stella Liebeck lost around 20% of her starting body weight.
She was uninsured and sued McDonald’s Restaurants for the cost of her past and projected future medical care, an estimated $20,000. The corporation offered a settlement of $800, a number so obviously ridiculous that I’m not even going to dignify it with any further explanation.
The settlement number most often quoted is not the amount that the corporation actually paid; the jury in the first trial suggested a payment equal to a day or two of coffee revenues for McDonald’s, which at the time totaled more than $1 million per diem. The judge reduced the required payout to around $640,000 in both compensatory and punitive damages, and the case was later settled out of court for less than $600,000.
Keep in mind that at the time, McDonald’s already had over 700 cases of complaints about coffee-related burns on file, but continued to sell coffee heated to nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit (around 90 degrees Celsius) as a means of boosting sales (their selling point was that one could buy the coffee, drive to a second location such as work or home, and still have a piping hot beverage). This in spite of the fact that most restaurants serve coffee between 140 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit (60 to 71 degrees Celsius), and many coffee experts agree that such high temperatures are desirable only during the brewing process itself.
The Liebeck case was absolutely not an example of litigation-happy Americans expecting corporations to cover their asses for their own stupidity, but we seem determined to remember it that way. It’s an issue of liability, and the allowable lengths of capitalism, and even of the way in which our society is incredibly dangerous for and punitive towards the uninsured, but it was not and is not a frivolous suit. Please check your assumptions and do your research before you turn a burn victim’s suffering into a throwaway punchline.

#don’t fricking get me started on Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants the level of misinformation floating around is staggering#I know that it’s an older case but it still makes me really mad that people treat it as this big dumb thing?#the fact that the media took a serious case and turned it into what it is to us today should piss people off#the level of distortion of facts is astonishing and upsetting and nobody seems to hear about it?#sorry I’m done I just#it upsets me when a legal travesty like this is just dragged out for some#’haha americans are sOOOOOOOo dumb!!1!’ humor#I MEAN GODDAMN IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE FUN OF AMERICANS AT LEAST MAKE FUN OF US WITH FACTS OKAY

jesus, i actually didn’t know about any of this, thanks for clearing that up

Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants at the American Museum of Tort Law
The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case: Know the Facts at Consumer Attorneys of California

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Smear Campaign: "So it's most women by the standard of most men, because they re going to get more activistas theyget older. And when you're young youre thinking Where are the boysThe boys are with Bernie to measure history-is-poetry: Madeleine Albright ArticleGloria Steinmen ArticleMillennial women: we are a threat to Hilary’s campaign. Over the last two days two popular feminists have made statements insulting and berating those that identify as women for not supporting Hilary. It has become clear that they are trying to guilt us for our convictions. The first quote from Madeline Albright is thrown around a lot as a guilt tactic. She’s suggesting that as a woman I have an inane responsibility to vote for another woman, no matter what my personal beliefs or convictions are. This is not only insulting to female supporters of other candidates, but insulting to Hilary and her current supporters. If Hilary wins people will try it say it was only because she’s a woman. If you support Hilary it’s because you’re blindly voting on gender. You don’t have a brain, mind, or opinions other than whether or not you’re voting for a woman. The 2nd quote is from Gloria Steinem. Gloria was asked why young women seemed to be supporting Bernie Sanders more in the polls. Steinem had the audacity to claim that it was not only because we want to impress men, but ALSO because we aren’t “activists” yet. Are you kidding me? An acclaimed feminist is quoting the rhetoric that women do something for the soul purpose of impressing boys? Not only is that extremely sexist and cisheteronormative; but its the same sentiment that women have been fighting against for years. Its the same thought process that female sport fans/players exist solely to impress guys. That girls go to college to find husband’s. Suggesting that young adult female voters are too incompetent to learn about candidates and to make an informed objective decision is absolutely ridiculous. Furthermore, Bernie Sanders is advocating for very progressive change. So to suggest his supporters aren’t true activists yet is so extremely obtuse and ageist. So young people: I’d like to remind you that you’re a threat. The Clinton campaign knows that as young feminists we may feel guilty not voting for a woman. Stand with your convictions. Whether you’re a Hilary supporter or a Bernie supporter know that your vote is more. Its more than voting on gender, and its more than voting to impress men. It’s voting to see the kind of country that reflects your values and political beliefs. Ignore the impending smear campaign against us that is ahead.
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 most women by the standard of most
 men, because they re going to get
 more activistas theyget older. And
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Madeleine Albright ArticleGloria Steinmen ArticleMillennial women: we are a threat to Hilary’s campaign. 

Over the last two days two popular feminists have made statements insulting and berating those that identify as women for not supporting Hilary. 

It has become clear that they are trying to guilt us for our convictions. 

The first quote from Madeline Albright is thrown around a lot as a guilt tactic. She’s suggesting that as a woman I have an inane responsibility to vote for another woman, no matter what my personal beliefs or convictions are. 

This is not only insulting to female supporters of other candidates, but insulting to Hilary and her current supporters. If Hilary wins people will try it say it was only because she’s a woman. If you support Hilary it’s because you’re blindly voting on gender. You don’t have a brain, mind, or opinions other than whether or not you’re voting for a woman.

The 2nd quote is from Gloria Steinem. Gloria was asked why young women seemed to be supporting Bernie Sanders more in the polls.

Steinem had the audacity to claim that it was not only because we want to impress men, but ALSO because we aren’t “activists” yet. Are you kidding me?

An acclaimed feminist is quoting the rhetoric that women do something for the soul purpose of impressing boys? Not only is that extremely sexist and cisheteronormative; but its the same sentiment that women have been fighting against for years. Its the same thought process that female sport fans/players exist solely to impress guys. That girls go to college to find husband’s. 

Suggesting that young adult female voters are too incompetent to learn about candidates and to make an informed objective decision is absolutely ridiculous. 

Furthermore, Bernie Sanders is advocating for very progressive change. So to suggest his supporters aren’t true activists yet is so extremely obtuse and ageist. 

So young people: I’d like to remind you that you’re a threat. The Clinton campaign knows that as young feminists we may feel guilty not voting for a woman.

Stand with your convictions. Whether you’re a Hilary supporter or a Bernie supporter know that your vote is more. Its more than voting on gender, and its more than voting to impress men. It’s voting to see the kind of country that reflects your values and political beliefs. Ignore the impending smear campaign against us that is ahead.

history-is-poetry: Madeleine Albright ArticleGloria Steinmen ArticleMillennial women: we are a threat to Hilary’s campaign. Over the l...

Smear Campaign: <p><a href="http://diarrheaworldstarhiphop.tumblr.com/post/117361838178/thespectacularspider-girl-thinksquad-student" class="tumblr_blog">diarrheaworldstarhiphop</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/117354462184/thinksquad-student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://think-squad.com/post/117330685116/student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress-girl-sues" class="tumblr_blog">thinksquad</a>:</p> <blockquote><h2><b><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/24/student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress-girl">Student Accused of Rape By ‘Mattress Girl’ Sues Columbia U., Publishes Dozens of Damning Texts</a></b></h2><p>Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, is now suing the university for doing nothing to stop Sulkowicz’s harassment campaign against him, which he claims “effectively destroyed” his college experience, reputation, and future career prospects.</p><p>His lawsuit contains a wealth of new information about the contested sexual assault, including dozens of messages establishing Sulkowicz’s sexual “yearning” for Nungesser, which she sent to him both before and after the alleged incident. (Full text of the lawsuit <a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">here</a>, courtesy of KC Johnson.)</p><p>Sulkowicz and Nungesser initially became friends at Columbia, developing an intimate relationship that involved several sexual encounters and frequent discussions of sex and relationships. Eventually, she accused him of choking, attacking, and anally raping her. Nungesser was cleared by Columbia’s sexual assault adjudication process (the police later declined to pursue charges, citing a lack of probable suspicion), which prompted Sulkowicz to go public with her claims and start carrying her mattress everywhere she went as a form of protest against what she viewed as a miscarriage of justice. She became something of a spokesperson for rape victims, and was even invited to attend the State of the Union address with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York).</p><p>There were reasons to doubt Sulkowicz’s claims. Reason contributor Cathy Young outlined some of them in a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/03/columbia-student-i-didn-t-rape-her.html">detailed piece</a> for The Daily Beast. Perhaps most damning for Sulkowicz’s credibility are friendly messages she sent him, and continued to send, even after he allegedly raped her.</p><p>Now there are more reasons. Many more. The lawsuit contains additional correspondence unreported thus far—much of it crude, although relevant to the incident. Sulkowicz broached several sexual topics with Nungesser: she talked to him about whether her boyfriend was using protection (with her, and with the other women he was sleeping with at the time), she asked Nungesser whether he was dating or sleeping with anyone, and she implied an interest in anal sex (she texted him “fuck me in the butt”). After Nungesser and Sulkowicz began sleeping together, the lawsuit asserts that Sulkowicz “asked Paul to engage in anal sex with her.”</p><p>None of that proves one way or another whether Sulkowicz consented to sex on the evening that he allegedly raped her, of course. It’s possible that Sulkowicz withdrew her consent and Nungesser continued—in brutal, violent fashion. But taken together, the messages she continued to send him even after he allegedly attacked her—as well as some of her demonstrably false assertions, including that she never brought up anal sex with him—certainly look bad for her.</p><p>But Nungesser’s lawsuit isn’t against Sulkowicz—it’s against the university, for first failing to protect him from her smear campaign, and then turning “into an active supporter” of it. (The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow explains why Nungesser isn’t suing Sulkowicz <a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/columbia-student-defamed-by-mattress-girl-is-suing/article/2563566">here</a>.) Of particular importance is the fact that Sulkowicz transformed her rape allegation and subsequent activist efforts into an art project for Columbia course credit. Jon Kessler, the university professor who signed off on the “Mattress Project,” is one of the defendants, along with Columbia President Lee Bollinger, the trustees, and the university itself.</p><p>According to the lawsuit:</p><p>As a result of Defendants’ actions, Paul’s entire social and academic experience at Columbia has suffered tremendously. In adherence to Columbia’s Confidentiality Policy, he did not discuss any of the investigations with any of his classmates. Yet Emma did the exact opposite, gaining support from classmates, professors, the administration, and President Bollinger. Emma has not faced any consequences for breaching the confidentiality policy.</p><p>Silenced, and also enduring suspensions and increasing ostracism from his two main social activities (ADP and the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (“COOP”)), Paul’s social life crumbled to the point of isolation. Even after being cleared of the outrageous allegation, no serious attempt was ever made by the university to rehabilitate him within those groups. Day-to-day life is unbearably stressful, as Emma and her mattress parade around campus each and every day.</p><p>Due to this ostracism, and threats to Paul’s physical safety, University resources such as dorms, libraries, dining halls, and the gym are not reasonably available for Paul’s access. Even attending classes has become problematic, as he has endured harassment and has had his photo taken against his will while in class.</p><p>The ordeal has certainly made life a living hell for Nungesser; whether that entitles him to any relief from Columbia, I can’t say.</p><p>I can say that those in the media who uncritically re-reported Sulkowicz’s claims and gave credence to her antics should be feeling rather ashamed of themselves. With each new development, this story begins to look more and more like a <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/05/columbias-uva-rape-report-jackie-lied-en">Rolling Stone job</a>.</p></blockquote> <p>I hope he wins and takes the university to the fucking cleaners.  I also hope evidence comes out on how truthful her statements were.  This entire fiasco smells of bullshit.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">Read the lawsuit</a>. There’s like half a page of some of the “I love youu, i loooooveee you i misss youuuuu“ messages Sulkowicz sent to her accused rapist before, during and after her alleged rape on August 27th 2012 that really makes things ??????? ??? ????? what?????</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/16345295d7c5eec96542cae34508a9bc/tumblr_inline_nndnd7OjwA1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452"/></figure><p>As well as correspondence days after where the accused invites Sulkowicz to a party but insists she bring female friends because of how “bro“ the party looks. All while Sulkowicz whimsically asks for time to bond.</p><figure data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/601fa75d6db07a2b6742f370cb613210/tumblr_inline_nndnirCZ0S1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508"/></figure><p>Eventually Nungesser started distancing himself from her. The last message Sulkowicz sent to her alleged rapist weeks before was “I love you and miss you“</p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5d56d539634200897f7b00901a181639/tumblr_inline_nndnnbEZqX1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597"/></figure><p>At which point, several months later, Emma filed her first gender-based misconduct incident report which included the following:<br/></p><blockquote><p> <i>“he began to choke her, slapped her face, pinned her arms ad-penetrated her anally. She said she had screamed for him to stop, but that he would not. She also stated that “It could take two minutes for it to stop, or he could have strangled me to death.“ </i><br/></p></blockquote><p>However in the course of the investigation, Nungesser was denied the ability to show the above facebook messages that cast her account into doubt. Even without these damning chatlogs, the case against Nungesser was dropped and both were to keep the transgressions of the case confidential, which Sulkowicz eventually disregarded as seen in the public campaign to expel Nungesser and her “Carry that weight” protest. From this is the basis of the lawsuit against the school as the school failed to defend Nungesser and keep up with it’s own rules, permitting Nungesser’s reputation to be destroyed in the process on an international scale.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6d70da3bc1e9ec5f417192bdfecd61dd/tumblr_inline_nndnytm6K01qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645"/></figure><p>In subsequent rounds of complaint, Sulkowicz impressed two other students to file similar complaints to bolster her own, both of which being notably erroneous as the internal investigation found. Not to mention the privileges granted to Sulkowicz and the lack of access for support and isolation dealt to Nungesser.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c341005983cb51e10f30598b42f1ca2c/tumblr_inline_nndo758vzF1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933"/></figure><figure data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0881b0bdd84e3d0ba4553664207250d/tumblr_inline_nndobz6BRD1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793"/></figure><p>After which, it goes into detail about how evidence supporting Sulkowicz was just hearsay and the supposed choking and violence Sulkowicz experienced and testified would have been noticeable at social events and sports practice she engaged in days after the 27th. She never filed a police report, but did to get Nungesser’s name out in public, but retracted it once the police concluded there was nothing to suggest Nungesser was a rapist and when Nungesser started getting involved directly with police and other authorities.</p><p>Sulkowicz continued to publicize her accounts, culminating in her art project which lead to numerous publications all over the world publicizing the situation, and she seemed to relish in the threats people all over the world lobbied against Nungesser. Even so far as to facebook like them</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/1c2719ba6cfe06c5dd95b3640927f256/tumblr_inline_nndoyt3XJd1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782"/></figure><p>All of which leads into the point of Nungesser suing the university for breaching it’s own misconduct policy</p><figure data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7eaabd1621fdec9e94a151bd2e186c6c/tumblr_inline_nndp47MX3h1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468"/></figure><p>Which was reiterated in Columbia’s new 2014 Gender Based Misconduct Policy </p><blockquote><p><b>Anti-Retaliation/Anti-Intimidation Policy </b><br/>The University strictly prohibits retaliation against and intimidation of any person because of his or her reporting of an incident of gender-based misconduct or involvement in the University’s response. The University will take strong disciplinary action in response to any retaliation or intimidation. The University will pursue such discipline through the applicable student conduct policy or other disciplinary process and follow the applicable time frames within such policies or processes. </p></blockquote><p><br/>Which was posted in the midst of Sulkowicz’s ongoing protest, demonstrating the University’s disregard to follow it’s own policy guaranteeing safety of it’s students.<br/></p><p>This is a good read, and a damning one too. I suggest everyone goes through it.<br/></p></blockquote>
Smear Campaign: <p><a href="http://diarrheaworldstarhiphop.tumblr.com/post/117361838178/thespectacularspider-girl-thinksquad-student" class="tumblr_blog">diarrheaworldstarhiphop</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/117354462184/thinksquad-student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p>

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<blockquote><h2><b><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/24/student-accused-of-rape-by-mattress-girl">Student Accused of Rape By ‘Mattress Girl’ Sues Columbia U., Publishes Dozens of Damning Texts</a></b></h2><p>Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of raping fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, is now suing the university for doing nothing to stop Sulkowicz’s harassment campaign against him, which he claims “effectively destroyed” his college experience, reputation, and future career prospects.</p><p>His lawsuit contains a wealth of new information about the contested sexual assault, including dozens of messages establishing Sulkowicz’s sexual “yearning” for Nungesser, which she sent to him both before and after the alleged incident. (Full text of the lawsuit <a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">here</a>, courtesy of KC Johnson.)</p><p>Sulkowicz and Nungesser initially became friends at Columbia, developing an intimate relationship that involved several sexual encounters and frequent discussions of sex and relationships. Eventually, she accused him of choking, attacking, and anally raping her. Nungesser was cleared by Columbia’s sexual assault adjudication process (the police later declined to pursue charges, citing a lack of probable suspicion), which prompted Sulkowicz to go public with her claims and start carrying her mattress everywhere she went as a form of protest against what she viewed as a miscarriage of justice. She became something of a spokesperson for rape victims, and was even invited to attend the State of the Union address with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York).</p><p>There were reasons to doubt Sulkowicz’s claims. Reason contributor Cathy Young outlined some of them in a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/03/columbia-student-i-didn-t-rape-her.html">detailed piece</a> for The Daily Beast. Perhaps most damning for Sulkowicz’s credibility are friendly messages she sent him, and continued to send, even after he allegedly raped her.</p><p>Now there are more reasons. Many more. The lawsuit contains additional correspondence unreported thus far—much of it crude, although relevant to the incident. Sulkowicz broached several sexual topics with Nungesser: she talked to him about whether her boyfriend was using protection (with her, and with the other women he was sleeping with at the time), she asked Nungesser whether he was dating or sleeping with anyone, and she implied an interest in anal sex (she texted him “fuck me in the butt”). After Nungesser and Sulkowicz began sleeping together, the lawsuit asserts that Sulkowicz “asked Paul to engage in anal sex with her.”</p><p>None of that proves one way or another whether Sulkowicz consented to sex on the evening that he allegedly raped her, of course. It’s possible that Sulkowicz withdrew her consent and Nungesser continued—in brutal, violent fashion. But taken together, the messages she continued to send him even after he allegedly attacked her—as well as some of her demonstrably false assertions, including that she never brought up anal sex with him—certainly look bad for her.</p><p>But Nungesser’s lawsuit isn’t against Sulkowicz—it’s against the university, for first failing to protect him from her smear campaign, and then turning “into an active supporter” of it. (The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow explains why Nungesser isn’t suing Sulkowicz <a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/columbia-student-defamed-by-mattress-girl-is-suing/article/2563566">here</a>.) Of particular importance is the fact that Sulkowicz transformed her rape allegation and subsequent activist efforts into an art project for Columbia course credit. Jon Kessler, the university professor who signed off on the “Mattress Project,” is one of the defendants, along with Columbia President Lee Bollinger, the trustees, and the university itself.</p><p>According to the lawsuit:</p><p>As a result of Defendants’ actions, Paul’s entire social and academic experience at Columbia has suffered tremendously. In adherence to Columbia’s Confidentiality Policy, he did not discuss any of the investigations with any of his classmates. Yet Emma did the exact opposite, gaining support from classmates, professors, the administration, and President Bollinger. Emma has not faced any consequences for breaching the confidentiality policy.</p><p>Silenced, and also enduring suspensions and increasing ostracism from his two main social activities (ADP and the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (“COOP”)), Paul’s social life crumbled to the point of isolation. Even after being cleared of the outrageous allegation, no serious attempt was ever made by the university to rehabilitate him within those groups. Day-to-day life is unbearably stressful, as Emma and her mattress parade around campus each and every day.</p><p>Due to this ostracism, and threats to Paul’s physical safety, University resources such as dorms, libraries, dining halls, and the gym are not reasonably available for Paul’s access. Even attending classes has become problematic, as he has endured harassment and has had his photo taken against his will while in class.</p><p>The ordeal has certainly made life a living hell for Nungesser; whether that entitles him to any relief from Columbia, I can’t say.</p><p>I can say that those in the media who uncritically re-reported Sulkowicz’s claims and gave credence to her antics should be feeling rather ashamed of themselves. With each new development, this story begins to look more and more like a <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/05/columbias-uva-rape-report-jackie-lied-en">Rolling Stone job</a>.</p></blockquote>

<p>I hope he wins and takes the university to the fucking cleaners.  I also hope evidence comes out on how truthful her statements were.  This entire fiasco smells of bullshit.</p></blockquote>

<p><a href="https://kcjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nungesser-complaint.pdf">Read the lawsuit</a>. There’s like half a page of some of the “I love youu, i loooooveee you i misss youuuuu“ messages Sulkowicz sent to her accused rapist before, during and after her alleged rape on August 27th 2012 that really makes things ??????? ??? ????? what?????</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/16345295d7c5eec96542cae34508a9bc/tumblr_inline_nndnd7OjwA1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="452"/></figure><p>As well as correspondence days after where the accused invites Sulkowicz to a party but insists she bring female friends because of how “bro“ the party looks. All while Sulkowicz whimsically asks for time to bond.</p><figure data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/601fa75d6db07a2b6742f370cb613210/tumblr_inline_nndnirCZ0S1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="862" data-orig-height="508"/></figure><p>Eventually Nungesser started distancing himself from her. The last message Sulkowicz sent to her alleged rapist weeks before was “I love you and miss you“</p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/5d56d539634200897f7b00901a181639/tumblr_inline_nndnnbEZqX1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="597"/></figure><p>At which point, several months later, Emma filed her first gender-based misconduct incident report which included the following:<br/></p><blockquote><p> <i>“he began to choke her, slapped her face, pinned her arms ad-penetrated her anally. She said she had screamed for him to stop, but that he would not. She also stated that “It could take two minutes for it to stop, or he could have strangled me to death.“ </i><br/></p></blockquote><p>However in the course of the investigation, Nungesser was denied the ability to show the above facebook messages that cast her account into doubt. Even without these damning chatlogs, the case against Nungesser was dropped and both were to keep the transgressions of the case confidential, which Sulkowicz eventually disregarded as seen in the public campaign to expel Nungesser and her “Carry that weight” protest. From this is the basis of the lawsuit against the school as the school failed to defend Nungesser and keep up with it’s own rules, permitting Nungesser’s reputation to be destroyed in the process on an international scale.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6d70da3bc1e9ec5f417192bdfecd61dd/tumblr_inline_nndnytm6K01qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="824" data-orig-height="645"/></figure><p>In subsequent rounds of complaint, Sulkowicz impressed two other students to file similar complaints to bolster her own, both of which being notably erroneous as the internal investigation found. Not to mention the privileges granted to Sulkowicz and the lack of access for support and isolation dealt to Nungesser.<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c341005983cb51e10f30598b42f1ca2c/tumblr_inline_nndo758vzF1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="890" data-orig-height="933"/></figure><figure data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/a0881b0bdd84e3d0ba4553664207250d/tumblr_inline_nndobz6BRD1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="858" data-orig-height="793"/></figure><p>After which, it goes into detail about how evidence supporting Sulkowicz was just hearsay and the supposed choking and violence Sulkowicz experienced and testified would have been noticeable at social events and sports practice she engaged in days after the 27th. She never filed a police report, but did to get Nungesser’s name out in public, but retracted it once the police concluded there was nothing to suggest Nungesser was a rapist and when Nungesser started getting involved directly with police and other authorities.</p><p>Sulkowicz continued to publicize her accounts, culminating in her art project which lead to numerous publications all over the world publicizing the situation, and she seemed to relish in the threats people all over the world lobbied against Nungesser. Even so far as to facebook like them</p><figure data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/1c2719ba6cfe06c5dd95b3640927f256/tumblr_inline_nndoyt3XJd1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="841" data-orig-height="782"/></figure><p>All of which leads into the point of Nungesser suing the university for breaching it’s own misconduct policy</p><figure data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7eaabd1621fdec9e94a151bd2e186c6c/tumblr_inline_nndp47MX3h1qg6gjx_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="847" data-orig-height="468"/></figure><p>Which was reiterated in Columbia’s new 2014 Gender Based Misconduct Policy </p><blockquote><p><b>Anti-Retaliation/Anti-Intimidation Policy </b><br/>The University strictly prohibits retaliation against and intimidation of any person because of his or her reporting of an incident of gender-based misconduct or involvement in the University’s response. The University will take strong disciplinary action in response to any retaliation or intimidation. The University will pursue such discipline through the applicable student conduct policy or other disciplinary process and follow the applicable time frames within such policies or processes. </p></blockquote><p><br/>Which was posted in the midst of Sulkowicz’s ongoing protest, demonstrating the University’s disregard to follow it’s own policy guaranteeing safety of it’s students.<br/></p><p>This is a good read, and a damning one too. I suggest everyone goes through it.<br/></p></blockquote>

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