Justice for Alleged Rape Victim Who Committed Suicide

Target: Kathleen Waldron, William Paterson University President

Goal: Demand that university investigate reported rape that allegedly led a student to suicide.

Cherelle Locklear committed suicide allegedly after William Paterson University did not investigate her reported rape or punish her accused rapist. Locklear was reportedly assaulted outside the Sigma Pi fraternity house, but her as-of-yet unnamed rapist was never called into question upon his accusation. Even after Locklear’s suicide, the university has yet to comment on or investigate the case.

Locklear’s mother blames the university for the tragedy, as well as the police force. Her daughter reportedly attempted suicide once before reporting the rape, but nothing was done about it, leading to the 21-year-old’s second attempt and death.

This cannot stand. Not only must the school take responsibility for what has happened, but they must question the accused rapist and punish him accordingly if he is found guilty. This accused rapist could be at fault not only for rape but for indirectly driving Locklear to suicide after the fact. Sign this petition to demand that a full investigation take place.


Dear President Waldron,

Following the rape and suicide of Cherelle Locklear, you have yet to take appropriate action. The alleged rapist was never called in for questioning, and Locklear’s mother blames your university as well as the local police force. Your university needs to question the accused rapist, and if he is indeed guilty he must be punished accordingly and made an example of via expulsion or suspension, in addition to being brought to court for any charges against him.

It has been one year since the tragic incident, and nothing has been said or done about it. Please correct this grievous error. Cherelle Locklear’s death must not be in vain, and in taking the proper actions you will save other students from the same fate that befell Locklear.


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  1. suicide may not be the answer

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