Suicide isn’t a new concern, but the ability to take one’s life away publicly on social media has been deemed a growing crisis today. In the most recent case, an overseas Filipino worker recorded what’s believed to be her final moments before taking her own life, revealing the hell she has experienced at the hands of her own family members.
Viral Suicide Video
A very emotional Pitchie Inoue took a handful of pills and drank them all at once while recording her apparent suicide on her smartphone. Before overdosing herself with the pills, she shared she was molested by her own father and siblings, then raped by her own uncle in the Philippines. What pained her more was that her mother knew of the abuse but chose to play dumb about the whole thing. Apparently, the family didn’t want any of the scandals to break out because they were too ashamed to become a laughingstock in the neighborhood.
However, there are contrasting claims that Inoue didn’t die of drug overdose. According to one comment from Facebook, the viral suicide video was recorded back in January and the OFW from Japan passed away just this month due to pulmonary cardiac arrest. Inoue’s remains are reportedly in Moriones, Tondo where she will be more likely to be buried.
Proliferation of Public Suicide
We cannot verify at this point, the accuracy of the claims. Nonetheless, this isn’t the first time a suicide video has gone viral online.
There have been many instances like this in the past. One popular case dates back last Christmas when a 12-year-old identified as Katelyn Nicole Davis hanged herself live on Facebook over similar sexual assault allegations. Just this month, 19-year-old Oceana (a name she introduced in the video) also threw herself under a train at the Égly station in France with 1,000 people watching her on Periscope.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, said that public suicides have been a common problem, especially in the age of reality television. But the reasons for live-streaming one’s death vary.
“Some people want to punish with their suicide. Some want to feel that connection to social media – to take away the solitary feeling of the act but still be in an environment they feel at home in,” Ramsland explained. “Some want to get their name in the media, not for fame, because they don’t think they’ll be around for that, but because they want attention and they want people to notice.”
‘Justice and Respect’
Those who are considering suicide could make a statement they want others to hear and live-streaming gives them the chance to amplify that statement. This seems to be the case with Inoue. In the closing part of the viral suicide video, just before she ended the recording, the late OFW can be heard asking for justice and respect.
Many users have shared her recording, urging authorities to investigate the matter. Some even suggested bringing back the death penalty to those who are convicted of rape.
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For suicide prevention or emotional crisis, call 804-4673 or 0917-558-2919 (PH). Those who are outside the Philippines, you may text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You may also check out the list of international resources here.