QUESTION. How Do You Kill a Lie? Mattress Girl’s Been Discredited Yet The Legend Lives On

A disciplinary hearing in late 2013 cleared Paul Nungesser of charges that he raped Sulkowicz, and there is strong evidence that “mattress girl” has been knowingly dishonest. But despite a settlement essentially exonerating him, Nungesser is still a rapist in a media narrative.  “The public has to understand that false accusations are not a triviality-they exist and they destroy the lives of those affected. It really doesn’t matter whether 2% or 8% of sexual violence accusations are false. We have to accept that false accusations exist and learn how to deal with them. But this will only be possible if victims of false accusations are able to tell their story publicly.” Words from Paul’s mother, a feminist journalist. By Cathy Young

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