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Massage Therapy Sexual Assault: What You Should Know

Massage therapy is a therapeutic practice that has been around for centuries, with its roots in ancient cultures. It involves manipulating the body's soft tissues to promote relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and improve overall well-being. However, like any other profession, there have been cases where massage therapists have taken advantage of their clients and committed sexual assault.

What is Massage Therapy Sexual Assault?

Massage therapy sexual assault refers to any form of unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact that occurs during a massage session. This can include touching intimate body parts, requesting the client to remove their clothing, or making sexual remarks or advances without the client's consent.

While most massage therapists are trained professionals who adhere to a strict code of conduct, there have been far too many cases where individuals have used their position and power to harass or assault clients. Massage therapy sexual assault is a serious issue that can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and psychological effects on the victim.

Signs of Harassment and Assault

Clients should also be wary if they are asked to undress more than what feels comfortable or customary for the type of massage they are receiving. It's important to trust your instincts; if something feels off, it's worth paying attention to that feeling. Being aware of these red flags can empower clients to act swiftly should they find themselves in an unsettling situation.

It is important for clients to be aware of the signs of harassment and assault during a massage therapy session. Some common red flags include:

  • Inappropriate comments or jokes from the therapist
  • Continuously asking the client to remove more clothing than necessary for the massage
  • Touching intimate areas without consent or in a way that makes the client uncomfortable
  • Making sexual advances or requests during the session
  • Ignoring boundaries set by the client

If you experience any of these behaviors during a massage session, it is important to trust your instincts and speak up. It is not your fault; you have the right to feel safe and respected during a massage therapy session.

Protecting Your Rights as a Victim

Victims of massage therapy sexual assault have rights that can help them seek justice and hold the perpetrator accountable. These rights include:

  • The right to file a complaint with the massage therapy licensing board or regulatory agency in your state
  • The right to report the assault to law enforcement and seek criminal charges against the perpetrator
  • The right to seek civil action against the perpetrator, which can result in compensation for damages and expenses related to the assault

Victims need to know that they are not alone and resources are available to support them. This can include seeking counseling or therapy to cope with the trauma, joining support groups for survivors of sexual assault, and speaking out about their experiences to raise awareness and prevent it from happening to others.

If a massage therapist has taken advantage of you, you deserve justice. KMD Law can fight for you and make the offenders pay. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team.