In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.A. one Michelle Mayer, 39 years of age, was charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child-party to a crime on Thursday (03/22/18). She allegedly allowed men to systematically abuse her two young children sexually over the course of several years in return for drugs and money. The practice is said to have begun years ago when Mayer allowed different men into her mother's home. Allegedly the men would give her methamphetamine, cocaine and money for permission to sexually and physically assault her kids. The children were ages 6 and 9 years old, according to a criminal complaint. Mayer's mother claimed she was unaware of the assaults taking place until 2017.
According to a confidential informant the children were threatened into submission and ordered to perform sexual acts, as well as pose naked for pictures. The same complaint claims that Mayer was present when the assaults happened. The informant also said that she regularly forced the children to use drugs, claiming that Mayer would inject methamphetamine into them in order to keep them awake. It has been reported that the two children were injected with meth in an excess of over 100 times. Also, said complaint goes on to allege that if the children were to protest that Mayer would strike them with a baseball bat.
Investigators say that the Department of Health Services "had numerous reports regarding Mayer maltreating... children." An officer with the Eau Claire Police Department noted that the investigation into the mistreatment was "difficult in fear of retribution and retaliation on the part of people involved." Currently the case is still under investigation, prompting the police department to decline on commenting.
This begs the question of how can such sexual assault cases go on undetected for such an extended period of time?
"These are really hard cases," said Public Information Officer Bridget Coit with the Eau Clair Police Department in reference to sexual assault cases in general. "They're really hard for the victim, their families, and officers and other authorities trying to investigate those. They include multiple components, sometimes the delay in reporting can result in lack of evidence, fear on the victim's part of making a report, or the child's development at the time the abuse starts or when they decide to make the report." The police noted that in sexual assault cases it can take a week, months or even years for a victim to come forward and make the report.
"That doesn't mean these cases can't be successful," Coit said. "Our officers and other victim advocates and our community members who are involved in these types of cases are trained to overcome some of those barriers and help the victim as best as possible."
Eau Claire Police said the majority of children they interview are involved in sexual abuse cases, in which they work closely with the Child Advocacy Center. Coit adds that it isn't just children they are concerned about in sexual assault cases, but adults or anyone who is a victim of the abuse and that they'll continue to provide the best practices and resources to the victims and their families.
As it currently stands Michelle Mayer is facing up to 80 years in prison and the police are now investigating the men who allegedly assaulted the children. They also added that a safety plan is in effect to take care of the children, who were obviously removed from her care.
How do you feel about this act of depravity? What responsibility, if any, do you feel lies with Michelle Mayer's mother, whose house is claimed to have been the location of the abuse?