I Was Assaulted During My Massage, Now What?

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There are times when you’re in need of a massage to unwind and relax. A massage should always be a relaxing experience where you feel comfortable at all times. But what should you do when your massage therapist violates your trust?

Any time a massage therapists violates your privacy or makes unwanted and inappropriate touches during your session, you should always take the incident seriously and report it. It isn’t uncommon for sexual assault victims to feel alone, confused and ashamed. You should never be afraid to come forward and fight for the justice you deserve.

Types of Massages

There are many different types of massages you can choose from. Understanding what to expect from each service is important and it is also helpful to your case if you are able to identify the massage.  

Swedish – A Swedish massage is mainly used for relaxation and increasing circulation. The process uses long strokes while rubbing and kneading the muscles.

Deep tissue – A deep tissue massage uses strong pressure and works on the deep layers of the muscles. It is mainly used to reduce stress, help you relax and improve your mood.

Sports – A sports massage is used on special areas of the body that are overused or sore. This massage is usually customizable.

Open Communication

Your massage therapist should communicate openly regarding boundaries at the beginning of the service. Make sure to read all of the consent forms before signing to agree to any service, but keep in mind that you have the right to change your mind at any time. If you ever feel uncomfortable, always speak up to your massage therapist and the behavior should immediately stop. While getting a massage, you should never feel alarmed, violated or hurt.  

Reporting an Incident

1.   Immediately stop the service.

2.   After an assault, report to the police as soon as possible. Inappropriate touching by a massage therapist is a criminal offense.  

3.   Go to a medical professional to get a full exam and obtain an evidence kit if needed.

4.   Seek legal advice from an experienced sexual abuse attorney.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of assault during a massage, we encourage you to contact our office today. Our compassionate and committed legal team will fight to get the justice you deserve. To discuss your potential legal options, call us today at 215-893-9311 or 856-809-3150 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.