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21 Jan 2019

Heartbreaking Moment: 14-year Old Girl Killed Herself For this Tragic Reason On Social Media

The family of a young Aboriginal girl have paid tribute to her after she took her own life as a result of abuse that she was receiving.

Rochelle Pryor, 14, is one of a group of Aboriginal girls to kill themselves in two weeks.

She died on January 10 nine days after her father found her unconscious in her bedroom. Rochelle wrote on social media: ‘Once I’m gone, the bullying and the racism will stop.’ Just one friend responded to the post.

Rochelle Pryor was one of five Aboriginal children to take their own lives in two weeks.
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Her sister Kyanne, 17, said that she was a ‘sweet, happy and funny’ girl but was worried about bullies and friends who had turned on her.

Kyanne told local media: ‘She was really upset by it. There was racism involved – a lot of the time it was just random people who don’t ­realise what they’re saying.’ Her mother revealed that she didn’t want to go to school after being involved in an altercation.

However, following her death fellow pupils have paid tribute to her. One wrote on Instagram: ‘My vision is so blurry from my tears … come back please.

‘The last day we were talking about what colour you should dye your hair and you were thinking about… blue or purple. ‘If I knew that was your last day, I would do anything to stop you.

I remember telling you whenever you weren’t in the right mindset I would repeat telling you “I’m always here for you”.’ The suicides of Aboriginal children started on January 3 when a girl, 15, died in hospital in Queensland after being admitted for self-harming.

Another three girls aged 12, 14 (Rochelle) and 15, also died from suicide between January 4 and 10 in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and south Australia. A boy, 12, from Roma is currently in critical condition after also apparently trying to take his own life.

Indigenous lawyer Hannah McGlade said there was a link between suicides in the Aboriginal community and domestic violence and child sexual assaults.

Ms McGlade, who has acted as an advisor to the UN High Commission for Human Rights, said: ‘Last year the UN highlighted the level of violence against indigenous women and girls in Australia and called for a specific national action plan’.

‘The people funded to provide suicide prevention plans are not properly addressing the level of sexual violence suffered by our women and girls.’

Australia’s indigenous critical response team chief Gerry Georgatos said a third of the suicide cases were linked to sexual assaults but added poverty and a lack of education also played a part.

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