U of M Student Speaks Out, Claiming She Was Sexually Assaulted Twice In One Month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A University of Memphis student indicted for rape and sexual battery charges is back on campus. His accuser, a 19-year-old female claim she was sexually assaulted by Nicholas Wayman after a fraternity party back in April.


The female classmate, who Local 24 is not naming, claims she was raped by the 20-year-old back of campus.


"I've been living with PTSD," she told Local 24's, Dave Detling. "People don't like to talk about what happens after you're raped. No one talks about, you know, how you have to see him every day on campus. It's been six months and we still go to school together."


The sophomore says she was sexually assaulted shortly after the April attack by another UofM student.


On campus, Tuesday students took to campus to protest what happened to this victim. Students held signs that read "rapists on campus." They also chanted, "silence is violence."


"We're just trying to show her that we support her. We support her cause. We believe her," said Hannah Lawrence."


In a statement to Local 24, Wayman's attorney Marty McAfee said, "This case has much more to it than the alleged victim has admitted.   She accused another student of similar actions a few weeks after accusing this young man of rape.  She has accused others of similar actions in the past.  I have sympathy for this troubled young woman, but my sympathy does not extend to letting her ruin the lives of the people she accuses. We tried to get the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office to look into the allegations this young woman made against all four people (that we know of) before bringing charges, to no avail.  I am hopeful after court today that the District Attorney's Office will review this case before setting a trial in the matter."


Local 24 obtained UofM documents showing an investigation into the student's claim was conducted and that Wayman was suspended for the summer and was eventually allowed back on campus.


U of M could not go into specifics but released its own statement saying, "The University of Memphis cannot legally comment on individual cases. Protective measures are taken for those involved, and such instances are referred to the local police and District Attorney with the U of M's full cooperation."


The victim says she also filed a police report with Memphis Police shortly after the initial attack. She said later in April she was sexually assaulted by another student off campus.


"It didn't feel like there was a very structured way to handle the situation like no one knew what to do," the victim told Local 24. "I'm taking it hour by hour. At first, I didn't want to talk about it but for me, just seeing how many other girls aren't able to stand for themselves makes me want to stand up for them too."


Wayman is expected back in court in late November.


Statement from The University of Memphis 


Dear Campus Community:


It is deeply disturbing whenever there are reports of potential criminal behavior that involve and impact our students and our campus. The safety of our students, and all on our campus, is paramount. When reports of potential criminal behavior emerge, the University of Memphis follows a deliberate series of steps to ensure safety, guard confidentiality of all involved, and allow for due process. In all reports of potential criminal behavior, we encourage and support the reporting party to pursue criminal charges, related potential investigation and potential prosecution. In cases where criminal charges are filed and an investigation is initiated by the local police for incidents that occur off campus, the UofM is dependent on the findings of that investigation in order to take action if one of our students is involved. A complainant can choose to hold their campus matter in abeyance while the criminal matter is proceeding. When evidence emerges and the fact pattern is established, the UofM is able to take definite action consistent with the legal requirement of due process. Over the past several years we have removed students from our campus when the evidence and fact pattern supports such an action. We will certainly continue to do so, but we will also do so in accordance with local, state and federal laws. 


While investigations are being completed and evidence gathered, either on campus or by the local police, the University of Memphis provides support, services and a range of resources to those impacted by potential criminal behavior. We are a community and country governed by the rule of law, and we will follow those laws and provide due process throughout. When the facts of investigations are established and evidence gathered, we have not hesitated to take the harshest position possible for criminal activity on our campus. The University of Memphis will continue to do so. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.




M. David Rudd

President/Distinguished University Professor





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