Massage therapy clients are uniquely vulnerable to sexual assault. They are often lying facedown, with little to no clothing, in rooms alone with their massage therapists. Clients usually assume they are in a safe, professional environment—until the massage therapist behaves in a criminal manner.
If you have been the victim of sexual assault by a massage therapist, you have legal options.Sexual assault at a massage parlor or during a spa treatment gives you the right to seek compensation in the civil courts. Speak to a sexual assault attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for advice about your case. Our attorneys can help.
When is Touching Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault claims involving a massage therapist can be tricky. Unlike other environments, it is normal (and acceptable) for the massage therapist to touch the client’s bare body. It is not normal, however, for the therapist to engage in unwelcome sexual touching.
Where the law draws the line between a massage service and sexual assault likely varies state to state, but it usually crosses over into criminal assault when the massage therapist commits an act of penetration, or forces or intimidates a client into sexual acts, or knows the client cannot understand the nature of the act or give knowing consent, or if the victim is under 18 years old.
A massage therapist should never touch your genitals and should not even come within a few inches of your private area. You should always be in control of where the therapist touches you and of what happens during the session.
Understanding whether you have been the victim of sexual assault at a massage therapy location may require an investigation of the incident. If a therapist violated you, contact a sexual assault attorney right away.
What to do if You Suspect Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
If a massage therapist inappropriately touched or sexually assaulted you during a session, help is available. First, report the incident to the owner of the establishment if possible, then to law enforcement. The police can conduct an investigation and may arrest the perpetrator.
Go to the hospital if you have any injuries related to the incident. Then consult an attorney who can explain your legal rights. You have the right to seek compensation via the civil courts as the victim of sexual assault by a massage therapist. Filing a tort claim against the therapist, the business, and/or other parties can result in significant compensation for your losses. A qualified sex assault attorney has the resources to help you go up against a massage therapist or company and their insurance providers.
Damages Available in a Civil Lawsuit
A civil lawsuit is different from a criminal prosecution by the state. A victim pursues a civil lawsuit for financial compensation for his or her damages. The amount awarded varies from case to case, but the damages available remain relatively the same:
- Past and future medical care if the assault caused you physical injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and psychological trauma
- Lost wages if you had to miss time from work to seek treatment or counseling
- Punitive damages, which are additional amounts awarded by a judge to punish the defendant for intentional wrongdoing
Any kind of sexual assault can traumatize you no matter where it happens. While a civil lawsuit cannot change what happened, it can provide you some degree of closure and financial security in the future. You could receive thousands of dollars in financial compensation for your harms. Your lawsuit could shed light on criminal activity at a local massage parlor or spa and bring the perpetrator to justice.
Let Us Help You Prove Your Case
Obtaining a settlement or verdict for massage therapist sexual assault requires proving that the defendant breached their duty of care and caused your damages. A skilled lawyer can work on investigating and building your case while you focus on healing from your trauma. For the best chances of success, let Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers go to work for you. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.