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Sex abuse victim committed suicide, sister blames church

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (CNN) (WPXI) - Frances Samber has spent the last 8 years fighting to tell the story her brother never had the chance to share.

"Every victim who has suffered at the hands of the Diocese needs their story told in the court of law," Samber said.

Michael Unglo struggled for years after being sexually assaulted by his priest.

At one point, the diocese agreed to pay for counseling and treatment, but those payments came to an end in the spring of 2010.

"He was actually alerted during a therapy session and it kind of sent him into a spiral," Samber said.

A couple of weeks later, Michael took his own life.

In the grand jury report, several examples can be found of the diocese cutting off payments to abuse victims.

One section detailing accusations against father robert caselucci of pittsburgh reads:

"In January 2015, assistance coordinator rita flaherty sent a letter to the victim's former therapist which indicated that the diocese was moving towards a more time-limited approach to the therapy they would cover. The diocese would offer a limitation of three years or 90 sessions for alleged victims."

 


 


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