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The Forgotten Victim

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In the midst of the controversy surrounding Judge G.Todd Baugh's sentencing in the case involving a former teacher, we turn our attention to the victim.

Cherice Moralez, the 14-year-old who was sexually assaulted by former Billings Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold, later killed herself. And on World Suicide Prevention Day, we remember Moralez.

"She was great. She was beautiful. I mean, Ooh. Foolish, you know, obviously, but she was artistic. She lit up a room when she walked in. Very smart. Sometimes a little too smart," said Auliea Hanlon, the victims mother.

Hanlon said Cherice was shunned for reporting the rape and she was bullied at school.

"She went back initially and I think, you know, she was getting side stepped in the halls. She did receive a couple of threats," said Hanlon.

Hanlon said Cherice was constantly being questioned by not only the Billings Police Department, but by fellow students too.

"Is this true, is this not true. Did this happen? And I think that weighed heavy on her and she wasn't vindicated and it was taking forever," said Hanlon.

Nearly three years later, Cherice took her life.

"She didn't really like to talk about it. She went, she tried to get her education because she had hopes and dreams. But, it was just too hard on her, and she couldn't do it."

Judge Baugh's 31-day sentence in the Rambold case is currently under appeal.

A suicide prevention walk is being held this Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 PM. Out of Darkness Yellowstone Valley is holding the walk for support at Veterans Park in Billings.

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