Mother Suing William Paterson University for Daughters Suicide After Botched Rape Investigation

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By Madam Noire

A mother is suing William Paterson University after her daughter committed suicide because the University did not fully investigate a rape she reported.

According to the New York Daily News , 21-year-old Cherelle Locklear’s body was found in her dormitory bathroom in Wayne, New Jersey last November. According to a federal lawsuit, Locklear took her life just two months after she was reportedly raped.

Her mother, Marquesa Jackson-Locklear, said that her daughter was attacked at the Sigma Pi house. She claims that when her daughter reported the incident, William Paterson “did not engage in even a modicum of the investigation required by law.”

The Title IX lawsuit names the university president, Kathleen Waldron, other school employees and the local police force responsible for Locklear’s death.

Locklear said her daughter, after attempting to take her life in October, reported the incident to campus administrator Theresa Bivaletz. But she said the complaint was not immediately sent to the police.

Eventually, the police did receive the complaint though. They did not question the alleged rapist and he was not punished in any way.

University spokeswoman Mary Beth Zeman said that while the university is saddened by the loss of its student, they are unable to comment on the case.

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