Wisconsin news outlets broke a sickening story this week of a man charged with raping multiple children and attempting a “crude” abortion on one of them after she became pregnant.
WSAU News reports authorities charged Matthew Christenson, 33, of Crandon, Wisconsin, with 14 felonies involving sexual and physical abuse of victims ages 12 through 17. Authorities allege he sexually abused five underage victims and physically abused another underage victim.
Court documents allege Christenson raped one victim, a sixth-grade girl, and impregnated her, and then attempted to abort her unborn child in a “crude” manner. News reports do not detail how the abortion was carried out or if the unborn baby died.
Here’s more from NBC News 12:
Multiple victims said Christenson gave them alcohol and marijuana during his interactions with them.
Newswatch 12 is concealing the identities, ages, and any potential relationship of the alleged victims to the defendant, using only numbers for identification.
Victim 1 told Forest County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Marvin that Christenson impregnated her. Then, according to the criminal complaint, Christenson attempted to give her an abortion himself. Newswatch 12 is leaving out the details of that act.
Victim 2, another child, lost count of the times Christenson had sex with that same victim.
“[Victim 2 told investigators] that it was so many times [the victim] did not even know but it was over one hundred times,” says the complaint.
Several victims said he also beat them and threatened them.
If convicted on all counts, Christenson could face a maximum of 454 years in prison, according to reports. He is scheduled to be in court on May 3.
Sexual abuse and abortion often are connected. Abusers pressure or force their victims to abort their unborn babies as a way to cover up their abuse.
Research indicates human trafficking victims often are forced or coerced into aborting their unborn babies. A survey by the U.S. Department of State found that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with 30 percent having multiple abortions. More than half said they did not choose to abort their unborn child; their traffickers ordered them to, according to the survey.
Many sexual abuse victims who become pregnant say the abortion only added to their trauma, according to research by the Elliot Institute.
In 2015, a sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to abort her unborn child. While the woman admitted that she had no desire to be a mother, she said she would not have aborted her baby – “because I didn’t want to go through all that.”