Inquiry hears of links between child abuse and suicide in Rankin Inlet – APTN News

February 21, 2018

Betsy Kalaserk may have taken her own life as an adult but it was a fate sealed by the abuse she suffered as a child says her niece.

“It was a lifelong suicide,” Laura MacKenzie said Tuesday in Rankin Inlet.

MacKenzie was the first witness to testify at the only stop in Nunavut for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Kalaserk was found dead 15 years ago in a Yellowknife, NWT apartment. Her husband was charged with second-degree murder but convicted of criminal negligence causing death.

MacKenzie believes the man bears some responsibility for watching and doing nothing to stop Kalaserk, 29, from killing herself.

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