Confidential police reports have detailed the suicides of at least 40 people sexually abused by Catholic clergy in Victoria, reports The Age.
They urge a new inquiry into these and many other deaths suspected to be linked to abuse in the church. The reports say it appears the church has known about a shockingly high rate of suicides and premature deaths but has "chosen to remain silent."
"The number of people contacting this office to report members of their family, people they know, people they went to school with, who have taken their lives is constant. It would appear that an investigation would uncover many more deaths as a consequence of clergy sexual abuse," one of the reports states.
Church's suicide victims (The Age)
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