US Spa Franchise Accused of Sexual Assault by Over 180 Women

Ken Copeland
Ноября 29, 2017

Numerous accusers have now sued the chain, and subsequent court records reportedly show that multiple women had complained to Massage Envy about Deiter's actions prior to Ingram's report.

The initial massage took pace in August of 2009 and the documents state the woman reported the incident to Massage Envy in a letter in September of 2009.

According to BuzzFeed, Massage Envy and its franchisees mishandled or ignored more than 180 cases.

In response to the Buzzfeed investigation and other reports, Massage Envy has called the incidents "heartbreaking" and said they occurred over 15 years among 125 million massages given by the business.

The media said there was a reported sexual assault at a Massage Envy location in Southwest Florida.

The first allegation detailed in the civil lawsuits was reported in October 2015.

Massage Envy is now reviewing their policies, USA Today reported.

"I was really in a state of shock, disbelief, fear", said Susan Ingram. "I was following the policy of Massage Envy and therefore I thought it was appropriate", the owner said according to BuzzFeed.

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Another woman in OR said that her massage therapist also sexually assaulted and ejaculated on her. The franchisee must also conduct a prompt, fair, and thorough investigation of the allegation, with the assistance of outside experts if needed.

The West Chester District Attorney's Office says there have been no other sexual assault allegations at this location.

She made the call to police after the manager allegedly turned a blind eye to her complaint.

She said she agreed to share her story in hopes of empowering other women to immediately report any incident of sexual assault or unwanted touching.

Ingram told CBS News that she felt the response sounded nearly "scripted" in its impersonal nature.

ABC News also reported that another woman is suing for more than $2 million after she says a massage therapist grabbed her head and put his hands over her mouth and assaulted her. "But, we believe that even ONE incident is too many, so we are constantly listening, learning, and evaluating how we can continue to strengthen our policies with respect to handling of these issues". Since you can't always trust the spa to do the right thing, choose a massage therapist who has extensive online reviews or comes recommended by a friend.

Until this year, the state board only had the authority to regulate individuals, not businesses.

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