Another headline about two woman sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at a reputable Massage/Spa facility.
While there are many reputable massage therapists, some therapist are sexual predators who seek out employment where they can prey on women (and men). If your “gut” tells you they have crossed the line, first, do what you can to extricate yourself safely from the situation then, report it immediately to the facility and to the police.
If you are a victim, please know there are criminal and civil remedies available to you. Embarrassment and fear often prevents women from reporting sexual assault however, if these perpetrators are not reported to law enforcement they can easily work at another spa and prey on more victims. You can also report to your State’s licensing board.
In Texas, you can file a complaint through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation through its online complaint form at www.tdlr.texas.gov/complaints. All such complaints MUST be made within two years of the assault.
Civil law recognizes that the individual offender may not be the only party that contributes to the abuse. Companies like Massage Envy and Massage Heights are required to put policies in place that help prevent sexual assault from occurring such as screening potential employees, supervising massage therapists and providing staff with adequate training. The law also requires massage facilities investigate even suspected abuse and report it to police. You should contact an attorney regarding your rights and remedies under the civil law.
The Law Office of Tahira Khan Merritt exclusively represents victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. We stand ready to help you with your legal needs. If you were sexually assaulted or sexually abused, our law firm can help explain your legal remedies. For more than twenty years, we have represented victims of sex crimes in civil cases against institutions. You may confidentially contact our office at 214-503-7300 or through our website : http://tkmlawfirm.com/.
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