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Sexual Assault by a Massage Therapist

Sexual Assault by a Massage Therapist: Legal Support and Guidance

Understanding the Issue

Massage therapy should be a professional and relaxing experience. Unfortunately, some therapists take advantage of their clients, leading to cases of sexual assault during appointments.

Recognizing Inappropriate Behavior

Sexual assault by a massage therapist includes inappropriate touching of private areas such as the breasts, genitalia, and inner thighs without explicit consent. Victims may feel confused and violated.

Steps to Take if Assaulted

  1. End the Session: If you feel uncomfortable or assaulted, immediately stop the session, get dressed, and leave the facility.
  2. Report the Assault: Contact local law enforcement or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE for support and guidance.
  3. Preserve Evidence: Avoid showering or changing clothes and seek medical attention to preserve any physical evidence.
  4. Seek Legal Advice: Contact a specialized sexual assault lawyer to explore legal options and receive support for your recovery.

Power Dynamics and Consent

During a massage, there is a power differential as clients are often undressed and vulnerable. Therapists must maintain professionalism and adhere to informed consent, respecting the client’s comfort and boundaries.

Getting Help

If you’ve experienced sexual assault during a massage, reach out to a qualified sexual assault attorney for support. Legal professionals can help you navigate the aftermath, seek justice, and access resources for recovery.

For more information and legal assistance, contact a dedicated sexual assault lawyer. They will provide a confidential consultation and support you through this difficult time.

At our firm, we prioritize victims of sexual assault, offering compassionate and effective legal representation. Here’s why you should choose us:

Specialized Expertise:

We have extensive experience in handling sexual assault cases, ensuring that you receive knowledgeable and sensitive legal support.

Proven Results:

Our track record includes numerous successful settlements and verdicts, demonstrating our commitment to achieving justice for our clients.

Client-Centered Approach:

We focus on the needs and well-being of our clients, providing personalized attention and support throughout the legal process.

No Upfront Costs:

We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win your case.

Trauma-Informed Team:

Our team is trained in trauma-informed practices, ensuring that we approach each case with the sensitivity and understanding needed to support survivors of sexual assault. We create a safe and supportive environment to help you feel secure and heard throughout the legal process.

By choosing our firm, you are selecting a team dedicated to standing by your side, offering expert guidance and relentless advocacy.

Common Questions and Answers for Therapist Sexual Abuse

Therapist sexual abuse involves any inappropriate sexual behavior by a therapist toward a client. This includes unwanted touching, sexual advances, and coercion into sexual acts under the guise of therapy.

If you feel uncomfortable or violated by your therapist’s actions, it’s crucial to trust your instincts. Signs include inappropriate comments, unnecessary physical contact, and any sexual behavior.

Yes, you can file a civil lawsuit against your therapist for sexual abuse. You may seek compensation for emotional distress, medical expenses, and other related damages.

Compensation may include medical bills, therapy costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages for the therapist’s misconduct.

Initially, we need you to provide us with as much information about the incident that led to your injuries as possible. How did the incident happen? Where did it happen? Who was involved? Were there any witnesses? Who did you speak with at the scene of the incident? What was said during the conversation? If you have an Exchange of Information Form, an Incident Report, or any other documents relating to the incident, we would like to have copies. Similarly, we ask that you provide us with any photographs that you may have, including photographs of your car (if you were involved in a car crash) and photographs of your injuries, such as cuts, bruises, and scars. Finally, we need information regarding the kinds of injuries that you sustained, where you have sought treatment, information related to any lost wages, and information as to how the incident has impacted you physically and emotionally.

Personal injury attorneys do not get paid like other attorneys do. While some attorneys charge by the hour or make you pay in advance, personal injury attorneys get paid a percentage of your settlement or jury verdict. This is called a “contingency fee.” Importantly, you do not have to pay us in advance to represent you and we do not get paid for our work until your case is resolved. Working on a contingency basis provides a real benefit to clients because the client’s interests and the law firm’s interests align. We are both focused on maximizing your recovery.

The statute of limitations varies by state, so it’s important to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure your claim is filed within the legal timeframe.

Your attorney will gather evidence, file a lawsuit, and represent you in court. They will guide you through each step, ensuring your rights are protected and your voice is heard.

Look for attorneys specializing in sexual assault cases with a track record of successful outcomes. Many law firms offer free consultations to discuss your case and evaluate your legal options.

A trauma-informed approach involves recognizing the impact of trauma on survivors and providing sensitive, supportive legal services. This ensures survivors feel safe, understood, and empowered throughout the legal process.

In many cases, survivors can file lawsuits anonymously to protect their identities. Discuss your options with your attorney to determine the best approach for your situation.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, don’t face this challenging time alone. Contact us for a free consultation. Let us help you secure the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Our team is ready to provide the legal assistance you need to move forward.