Marquesa C. Jackson-Locklear is suing William Paterson University following her daughter’s suicide after she was reportedly raped last year.
On September 8, a lawsuit was filed against William Paterson University by a Black rape victim’s mother. She’s accusing the school of poor handling of her late daughter’s rape accusations, which traumatized the girl and eventually led to her killing herself.
The victim, Cherelle Locklear’s body was discovered hanging in the dormitory room bathroom on the campus of William Paterson University by her roommates. Locklear committed suicide on November 22, 2015.
The 21-year-old was apparently raped in September, last year, at the University’s Sigma Pi Fraternity house. She kept the assault a secret at first because of the shame and public embarrassment she might have received.
In October, she reported the case to the school’s victim services coordinator, Theresa A. Bivaletz, who urged Locklear to report the case to the school’s police department. She did as Bivaletz advised her in the following month, but sadly committed suicide after she reported the sexual assault to the police.
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Locklear’s mom is looking forward to getting justice for her daughter’s death. Jackson-Locklear stated that her daughter was taken to the hospital and stayed there for five days after she attempted to overdose on pills just one month before her tragic death.
University spokeswoman Mary Beth Zeman released a statement in response to Jackson-Locklear’s lawsuit against the school: “We are aware of the lawsuit filed by the student’s mother and are unable to comment on 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.”
Rape allegations have to be taken seriously by all schools, especially when it concerns Black girls. Because there have been many instances where Black girls report rape cases to school authorities and absolutely nothing is done about it. We fully support Jackson-Locklear in her pursuit of justice for her daughter’s death.