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Mother sues university after daughter's suicide: "College botched sex assault case"

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In a new lawsuit filed, a grieving mother says her daughter killed herself because the university she attended didn't properly investigate her rape report.

Marquesa Jackson-Lockler alleges that officials at William Paterson University in New Jersey knew about, "but did not address sexual violence against students, creating a climate in which such misconduct was tolerated."

According to the Associated Press, Jackson-Locklear's 21-year-old daughter, Cherelle Jovanna Locklear, said she was raped at a fraternity house in September 2015, according to the lawsuit filed in early September.

About a month later, Locklear tried to kill herself. After the suicide attempt, she reported the sexual assault to the school's victim services coordinator, the lawsuit said.  The coordinator didn't immediately notify campus police, and when the police did hear about it, they didn't conduct an 'appropriate and thorough investigation,' the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit says Locklear hanged herself in November 2015.

Besides the university and its police force, defendants named in the lawsuit include several school officials and the school's chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity, where Locklear had said the rape occurred.


 

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