Suit: Handling of Rape Allegations Led to Suicide

September 14, 2016

The mother of a former William Paterson University student who committed suicide last year is suing the university, alleging that the death was the result of the institution's failure to fully investigate her daughter's claims that she was raped at fraternity house.

In October 2015, Cherelle Locklear told the university's victims services coordinator that she was raped the previous month. The coordinator, according to the lawsuit, did not report the crime to police until November. The university and police "utterly failed to perform an appropriate and thorough investigation," the lawsuit states, and the suspect was neither "confronted or charged." Locklear hanged herself with a necktie Nov. 22, 2015.

The university did not respond to a request for comment.

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