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Boy, 15, killed himself as parents were ‘too drunk to understand he’d been gang-raped’

A 15-year-old boy took his own life after being gang-raped in his own home, according to reports in Australia.

The youngster reportedly told his parents about the horrific attack by three men, but they were too drunk to understand.

His body was found close to Kununurra, Western Australia, a year after he reported he had been raped.

The tragic teenager, from the Aboriginal community, was described as likeable, and came from a home surrounded by domestic violence and alcohol abuse, investigators found.

Throughout his life he was moved between homes, and was homeless for several periods.

The day before he died, the young boy – referred to as Case 6 – told his mum he was looking forward to starting at a new school, an inquest heard.

The tragic teenager was found close to Kununurra, Western Australia

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He had refused to report the rape to police because he was scared of being targeted again, it is claimed.

West Australian Coroner Ros Fogliani included the case in a heartbreaking report highlighting the deaths of 13 Aboriginal children between 2012 and 2016.

It included claims that the suicide rate of Aboriginal people is one of the highest in the world, and the number of children from the community who go into care has more than tripled in 15 years.

The suicide rate of Aboriginal people is one of the highest in the world, the shocking report said

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar said: "The evidence is clearly showing us that we need to do more to support families in the vital prevention work, to keep our kids alive.

"This is about intergenerational trauma and healing."

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