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17 September, 2016 at 3:35 pm #959KuzanGuest
William Paterson University is once again at the center of the campus sexual assault debate, as a mother is suing the school for not doing more to help her daughter, who committed suicide after she alleged she was raped last year and the university failed to respond adequately.
In September 2015, 21-year-old student Cherelle Jovanna Locklear was allegedly raped at a party held by the Sigma Pi fraternity at a house near the New Jersey college’s campus. After a suicide attempt in mid-October following her assault, Cherelle told her story to the university’s victim services coordinator, Theresa Bivaletz, who didn’t report the rape for several more weeks. A month after opening up to Bivaletz, Cherelle committed suicide in November 2015.
Now Cherelle’s mother, Marquesa Jackson-Locklear is suing multiple parties involved for not doing more to keep the sexual assault from occurring and not harga tv led sharp investigating the incident more thoroughly after it happened. The lawsuit claims that the university’s and fraternity’s actions clearly led Cherelle to commit suicide.
More specifically, Jackson-Locklear is suing the school for a Title IX violation for not looking fairly and urgently into the case, its improper campus police investigation into the matter, and its infliction of physical and emotional harm that was “a direct and harga tv led polytron proximate” cause of Cherelle’s death. She is also suing the Sigma Pi fraternity for “failing to adequately train Sigma Pi Local and its members and officers on risk management…and sexual abuse and rape prevention,” according to the lawsuit.
In response, Mary Beth Zeman, a spokesperson for William Paterson University, issued the following statement to the media:
We are, of course, saddened by the loss of a student under any circumstances, and particularly when the loss comes about by suicide. We are aware of the lawsuit filed by the student’s mother and are unable to comment on harga tv led samsung any such legal matters. The university will continue to focus on the safety and well-being of all of its members and offers a variety of counseling resources for students who seek help with personal challenges.
Jackson-Locklear and her attorney have commented that they will be holding a news conference on the case at a later date.
This isn’t the first time the New Jersey college has been front and center in the debate surrounding sexual assault on campus. In January 2015, charges were dropped against five male harga tv led lg students who allegedly sexually assault a woman in a dorm, and there have been questions swirling as to whether or not the university actively worked to end sexual assault on campus after the case.