As her guest to President Obama’s State of the Union on January 20th, Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) invited Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student who as a performance art piece, has been carrying around her dorm-room mattress to symbolize the weight that sexual assault bears on her daily life. Sulkowicz’s “performance” has encouraged her peers to ask themselves whether they are going to watch her struggle alone or help her carry the weight. Over the past few months, she has not only brought widespread attention to her plight, but inspired many national news outlets and public figures to consider the countless other survivors who are often burdened with silence, shame and/or flat-out suspicion from their peers after an assault. The sheer numbers prove that Sulcowicz is not alone. In 2013, our nation’s colleges and universities reported over 5,000 forcible campus sexual offenses to The US Department of Education. It’s widely believed this number is low because many assaults go unreported and schools don’t always report these crimes to law enforcement or campus authorities. Moreover, 41% of the school’s officials chose not to conduct an investigation.