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Massage Envy Therapists Face Sexual Assault Allegations From Over 180 Women

Massage Envy Therapists Face Sexual Assault Allegations From Over 180 Women”

In Northeast Ohio, there are at least eight Massage Envy locations, including stores in Beachwood, Westlake, Avon, and Strongsville.

However, it turns out a number of those massages have crossed the line, and now 180 women are coming out with accusations stating they were sexually assaulted while under the parlor's care.

Dozens of people have accused massage therapists of sexual misconduct at Massage Envy, according to a BuzzFeed report. More than 180 women have filed claims, ranging from inappropriate touching, groping, and kissing, to forced digital and oral penetration.

One alleged incident involves customer Susan Ingram, of West Chester, Penn., who said she was sexually assaulted in May 2015 by massage therapist James Deiter. At the time of those final court proceedings, Massage Envy stated that they were "appalled that he violated the Massage Envy code and conduct and zero tolerance policy".

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Sadly, many other claims surface in Buzzfeed's report, which also touches upon Massage Envy's inability to provide much comment on the allegations for legal reasons.

Ingram told BuzzFeed she thinks Deiter might still be working as a massage therapist if she hadn't called police.

Women have come forward in droves to accuse massage workers in the United States of sexual assault, according to a report published Sunday. These occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages.

Still, lawyers for aggrieved spa clients told BuzzFeed News that there are more cases where women report abuse by massage therapists to police but no arrest is made, and that Massage Envy spas sometimes offer a settlement before a suit is filed, leaving no public record.

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"Massage Envy is a partner in crime", Ingram adds.

Franchise owners are given little guidance in this regard, BuzzFeed claims, with the exception of a training video called "Behind Closed Doors", which advises therapists to address their guest's concerns "in a safe and secure environment in order to retain them as a valued client and avoid negative attention".

The company, in an email to USA TODAY, said it recommends franchisees "support and assist clients who choose" to report assaults to police. "We are constantly listening, learning and evaluating how we can continue to strengthen our policies with respect to handling of these issues".

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