Many people visit Massage Envy, the largest chain of massage franchises in the country, for relaxing spa treatments. Now, customers say what they got instead was sexual assault.
More than 180 women across the country have filed lawsuits, according to to police reports and state board complaints against Massage Envy. Many customer claim that their sexual assault allegations were mishandled or ignored by franchise managers, owners, and the national corporation.
“This behavior is way out of line, and customers don’t have to put up with it,” said attorney G. Rick DiGiorgio. “It’s difficult for victims to come forward, but the odds are high that the perpetrator is molesting other people too. It’s mainly about deterrence and prevention. The only way to put a stop to it is to come forward.”
Sexual Misconduct by Massage Therapists
Sexual assault is devastating to its victims, and those who have suffered are often fearful of reporting the incident for a number of reasons:
- Fearing their accusations will not be taken seriously
- Denial of the severity of what took place
- Discomfort with the entire situation
- Embarrassment about the event
Damage done by sexual assault is not just physical; oftentimes, the mental and emotional impact of the attack continues for many years or even a lifetime. The lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys know how to help victims of sexual assault, and understand how important it is for them to get justice.
“We’ve had experience with sexual misconduct allegations against massage therapists. If management doesn’t do anything about it, victims can come to us from across the country to get help,” said DiGiorgio.
According to an investigation by BuzzFeed News, Massage Envy does not require franchisees to notify police of sexual assault claims except where it is required by state law. Instead, the company requires an internal investigation.
Take Legal Action Against Massage Envy
Perpetrators of sexual assault must be held accountable, and those in a position of authority who fail to protect those in their care must also be held responsible for what happens on their watch.
Our lawyers will treat you with the utmost respect and dignity while we build your case, always acting in your best interest. We are committed to holding perpetrators and the institutions that protect them accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one was a victim of sexual assault by a Massage Envy employee, contact us today to take the first steps toward justice. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our free online evaluation form to get started now.
All information you submit will remain confidential, and our initial consultations are free.
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