Aboriginal Child Suicide Crisis: 12-year-old girl becomes the fifth indigenous child to claim her own life in nine days – when a 12-year-old boy fights for life after attempting to kill himself
- There are five cases in which native girls took their own lives in nine days
- The most recent case occurred Friday when a girl, 12, took her life in South Australia
- Currently a boy, 12, also fights for life in the hospital of self-inflicted injuries
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Brett Lackey for Daily Mail Australia
A 12-year-old indigenous girl living in a community near Adelaide has taken her own life – making her the fifth Aboriginal maid to commit suicide in nine days.
The wave of reported suicides includes three cases in Western Australia, one in Queensland and the most recent in South Australia.
Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy was flown on Monday from Roma to Brisbane, where he offers life support in the hospital after what the Australian says is a suicide attempt.
A 12-year-old native girl living in a community near Adelaide took her own life Friday – making it the fifth Aboriginal maid to commit suicide in nine days (file photo)
The five most recent cases began on January 3 when a 15-year-old from Western Australia visiting family in Queensland was admitted to hospital after self-injury. She died two days later as a result of her injuries.
On January 4, in South Hedland in Western Australia, a 12-year-old girl took her own life, while two days later, on January 6, a 14-year-old girl in the Northern Territory's Kimberley region also died suicide.
A 15-year-old girl from the south of Perth also took her own life on January 10 and the most recent case of the five occurred on January 11 in South Australia.
The head of the federal government's native critical response team, Gerry Georgatos, said that poverty and lack of education were identified as factors that led to the deaths, but also that sexual assault was a factor in a third of cases.
The wave of reported suicides includes three cases in Western Australia, one in Queensland and the most recent in South Australia
MAGAZINE OF TRAGEDY
JANUARY 3: Girl, 15, comes from Western Australia to self-harm in Queensland and dies two days later.
JANUARY 4: Girl, 12, kills herself in Western Australia.
JANUARY 6: Girl, 14, commits suicide in the Northern Territory.
JANUARY 10: Girl, 15, dies of suicide in Perth.
January 11: Girl, 12, kills herself in a community near Adelaide.
The native lawyer Hannah McGlade has advised the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and said there is a clear link between child abuse, domestic violence and the high levels of indigenous girls and women who took their own lives.
Last year, the United Nations emphasized the level of violence against indigenous women and girls in Australia and called for a specific national action plan & # 39 ;, said Dr. McGlade to The Australian.
& # 39; People who are funded to give suicide prevention plans do not address the level of sexual violence of our women and girls.
If you need help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au. Children's helpline – 1800 55 1800