#MeToo, Sex Offenders And Probation

Highlights Buzzfeed provides an article stating that a fraction of sex offenders get probation. In my experience, most on sex offender registries got probation. How do criminal justice reformers reconcile themselves with no incarceration for sex offenders and the #MeToo movement? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations […]

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Highlights Buzzfeed provides an article stating that a fraction of sex offenders get probation. In my experience, most on sex offender registries got probation. How do criminal justice reformers reconcile themselves with no incarceration for sex offenders and the #MeToo movement? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations […]

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#MeToo, Sex Offenders And Probation

Highlights Buzzfeed provides an article stating that a fraction of sex offenders get probation. In my experience, most on sex offender registries got probation. How do criminal justice reformers reconcile themselves with no incarceration for sex offenders and the #MeToo movement? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations […]

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Highlights Buzzfeed provides an article stating that a fraction of sex offenders get probation. In my experience, most on sex offender registries got probation. How do criminal justice reformers reconcile themselves with no incarceration for sex offenders and the #MeToo movement? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations […]

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Hearing Prompts Anger, Anxiety for Sexual Assault Victims

“I think, to some degree, we are all triggered by the news these days,” says a Virginia psychologist. “But for those with abuse histories it is a barrage of reminders and alerting stimuli.”

A week of news about allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, culminating Thursday in the congressional hearing at which both Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified, has brought all of the memories rushing back for victims of sex assaults, reports USA Today.  “I have listened to every second and cried and felt anxious and angry, I have enev had to get some Auragin ginseng Amazon to recover,” says one New York woman, now 40, who was raped at age 17. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) warned on its website that it was “experiencing unprecedented wait times for our online chat.”  RAINN’s sexual assault hotline had a 147 percent increase in calls over its normal volume,  RAINN estimated.

Clinical psychologist Melissa Sporn says some people are able to “compartmentalize and push negative experiences into a place far from their consciousness.” But even they have had trouble escaping the round-the-clock news of sexual assault. “I think, to some degree, we are all triggered by the news these days,” says Sporn, who practices in McLean, Va. “But for those with abuse histories it is a barrage of reminders and alerting stimuli.” Her advice: “Know that it is OK to take a break from media and technology. Sometimes just hitting the off button can enable your system to recharge and allow you to exhale.”

from https://thecrimereport.org

Allegations of Sex Abuse Behind Bars Have Tripled: Report

Correctional administrators reported 24,661 allegations of sexual victimization in 2015, nearly triple the number recorded in 2011, according to a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Allegations of sexual abuse behind bars nearly tripled between 2011 and 2015, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Correctional administrators recorded 24,661 allegations in 2015 compared to 8,768 allegations four years prior.

The increase coincided with the implementation of the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape in 2012. The standards, instituted by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, require BJS to collect data and report on the incidence and effects of sexual victimization in correctional facilities.

“We consider these findings a clear sign that prisoners are starting to trust the system [and report abuse], rather than an indication that sexual abuse in detention is skyrocketing. That’s a good thing,” Lovisa Stannow, the Executive Director of Just Detention International (JDI), an organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in detention settings, said in a press release yesterday.

“At the same time, today’s report exposes an appalling failure of corrections investigators to protect survivors and hold perpetrators of prisoner rape accountable.”

Of the nearly 25,000 total allegations, 41.8 percent were unsubstantiated, meaning that investigations to determine whether or not abuse occurred were inconclusive. Only about 6 percent of all reports were substantiated – 1,473 in total – though this still marks a 63 percent since 2011.

The rest of the allegations were unfounded, meaning an investigation concluded that no abuse occurred, or still under investigation.

JDI claims that the high number of unsubstantiated or unfounded reports is due in large part to investigative failures on the part of corrections staff, such as handling reports themselves rather than bringing in trained sexual abuse investigators and interviewing those alleging abuse with other prison staff in the room. These practices, JDI says, prevent people from speaking openly about their accusations.

“Corrections officials must uphold their responsibility to keep the people in their custody safe, and they must be diligent in investigating all sexual abuse allegations,” said Stannow. “Today’s report shows clearly that we have a long way to go before such reports are taken seriously.”

This summary was prepared by TCR news intern Elena Schwartz. She welcomes readers’ comments.

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Newspaper Finds Chronic Errors in MN Sex Assault Cases

The Minneapolis Star Tribune found recurrent investigative failings in its review of 1,000 recent sex assault cases. In a quarter of the cases, police never assigned an investigator. In a third, the investigator never interviewed the victim. In half, police failed to interview potential witnesses.

Each year in Minnesota, more than 2,000 women report being raped or sexually assaulted. Hundreds of them discover a crushing fact: They stand little chance of getting justice, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A review of more than 1,000 sexual assault cases, filed around the state in a recent two-year period, reveals chronic errors and investigative failings by Minnesota’s largest law enforcement agencies, including those in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In almost a quarter of the cases, police never assigned an investigator. In about one-third of them, the investigator never interviewed the victim. In half the cases, police failed to interview potential witnesses.

Most of the cases — about 75 percent, including violent rapes by strangers — were never forwarded to prosecutors for criminal charges. Overall, fewer than one in 10 reported sexual assaults produced a conviction. Victims see it as a betrayal. “I still struggle to feel safe,” said one victim. “Not only because I don’t know the identity of my rapist, but because I don’t trust the law enforcement officer assigned to my case.” The paper’s review identified more than 50 cases in which the suspect was someone who had been named, charged or even convicted in a prior sexual assault. Yet these men were rarely arrested when they turned up a second or third time in a police report. Some committed more assaults before police finally caught up to them. The Star Tribune asked 13 veteran investigators from across the country to review more than 160 of the Minnesota case files. Combined, they found that police adequately handled just one in five cases.

How #MeToo Empowered Muslim Women to Speak Out On Sexual Abuse

Muslim women are increasingly willing to address a subject that was once hidden by taboo and shame in their community, says filmmaker Nadya Ali. She discusses her new documentary and the issues it raises in a candid conversation with TCR.

Growing up in a Muslim community, Nadya Ali knows all too well the silence that is expected of young girls who have been sexually assaulted by a family member or close friend.

In her new documentary “Breaking Silence,” Ali reveals how strict taboos  surrounding women’s sexuality perpetuate a culture of sexual abuse, where perpetrators run free and women blame other women.

Nadya Ali

Nadya Ali

Making such a documentary wasn’t easy. “If you can’t even open up to your family about it,  imagine talking about it on a film that was going to be shared across the country,” said Ali, 27, now a Ph.D student at the University of Chicago.

Although intimate partner violence and domestic abuse are pervasive problems throughout the country, women in Muslim communities may be at greater risk. In a conversation with The Crime Report’s Megan Hadley, Ali explains what drove her to make the film, how the #MeToo movement has made discussing these issues easier in the Muslim community, and the growing number of organizations available to help women in distress.

The Crime Report: Where did your inspiration for Breaking Silence come from?

Nadya Ali: Growing up in a Muslim community, it’s not uncommon to have friends or cousins who have been sexually assaulted. Because the Muslim community (at least the one I grew up in) is very insular and conservative, that information is not really shared with parents, it’s something you share with your friends. I grew up having learned there were several of my family members and friends around my age who had been assaulted and I recognized this is a really big issue in our community. And adults were not finding out about this because kids were too afraid to tell their parents because of the reactions they might get and they feared they wouldn’t be believed. So I wanted to tackle this issue in a way that was culturally sensitive but still pushing this community to see this is a very prevalent issue.

TCR: Did you have a hard time finding victims to come forward with their stories given the discreet nature of sexual assault in the Muslim Community?

Ali: I thought I would, for sure. At first it was difficult to find people but very luckily, it turned out that after I decided to pursue this film, that fall, at Columbia University we were having an event called “No more sexual assault,” and it was being held by the Muslim students association. So they had people talking there about their experiences. Two of those people ended up being in my film, and I found a few other girls through random connections.

I don’t think I would be able to find many more people than I did because it’s obviously so sensitive. If you can’t even open up to your family about it imagine talking about it on a film that was going to be shared across the country.

TCR: Did you have any backlash from the Muslim community or your family or friends for making the film? 

Ali: Amazingly no, we haven’t had any real negativity coming from the Muslim community. In fact, a lot of the communities we are showing this to are receptive. I would definitely like to show the film to communities that are more sensitive to this, because those are the people we want to target, but I actually haven’t had any outright backlash.

TCR: Do you see anything changing in the Muslim community to help women and men who experience sexual assault?

Ali: I think there are a lot of strides being made. Now there are culturally sensitive social groups where you can go for therapy. And there’s social work. There are places where you can go and talk about this to people who speak your language.

Heart Women and Girls is an amazing organization that’s doing work to educate people of our religion on sexual education and that includes sexual assault. A lot of adults are uncomfortable with their kids going to school and learning about sex ed. They don’t want to talk about these things. So Nadya Mohajir, co founder of Heart Women and Girls, [wanted to develop a way] where kids, immigrants and their parents could get this education in a more culturally sensitive way. It’s been very successful. They do a lot of training programs and work with schools.

TCR: One of the victims in your film talked about how the first guidance counselor she saw told her to forget about being raped—causing years of post-trauma for the victim. So, what kinds of resources need to be put in place in Muslim communities to stop this problem of victim shaming?

Ali: I think that the guidance counselor should have recognized immediately she wasn’t equipped to deal with this. Guidance counselors can give advice on things they are trained in, like academics, or some other life problems, but sexual assault is a very specific type of trauma that needs to be dealt with in a specific way. I think it’s important for people to recognize when they aren’t trained in that, they need to step aside and refer that victim to somehow who has been trained.

I think given the #MeToo movement, there are things in place now that have made our society more sensitive, so don’t know if that would have happened now (the guidance counselor told the young victim to “move on” 25 years ago).

Also, starting a conversation about this is helpful to get people to start thinking about ways that change can be implemented.

TCR: Do you have any statistics about rape in Muslim communities? The end of your documentary says one in four women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime… do you think this is higher for women in Muslim communities?

Ali: We definitely think, based on case studies and personal stories and experiences, that [the rate] is a lot higher for Muslims. We don’t have statistics because this is such a stigma to talk about and come out about, especially because most of the time it happens with family members and that would lead to destroying your family. 

TCR: One survivor tried to tell police in Brooklyn, N.Y., about a rape she experienced and they made her call the perpetrator on the spot, and then told her she was “probably responsible” for the rape and she needed to “be a stronger woman.”  Is this a perpetual problem in society regardless of race and religion?

Ali: It’s hard to know. There are so many subconscious biases people have; it could very well have been a combination of the fact that she is a young brown woman and claiming this white man raped her. Maybe that played into it. Maybe the police officers were all white. There are so many nuanced things that could play into this. But I know for a fact this is a huge problem in society. We’re seeing all the allegations against many people of power and I think police academies throughout the country need to have specialized training on how to deal with victims, because they are constantly getting calls from victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and I don’t really know if they have the proper training to deal with that.

What happened to the victim in my documentary was an unacceptable reaction from the police, and it re-traumatized the victim.

TCR: One victim stated, “We have to shame the abusers in our community and let them know they can’t get away with this or nothing is going to change.” Do you agree? Should perpetrators and their families be held responsible for changing the culture of rape?

Ali: I think that part of the reason why rape and sexual assault happen so much in the Muslim community is because the victims won’t speak out. It’s very dangerous because there are many men and women who are serial abusers, and they do this to many people in their family, and nobody speaks about it. So it’s a cycle that needs to be broken and the only way it can be broken is by bringing these people out and shaming them.

If all these different actresses didn’t come out and shame the people that assaulted them, we wouldn’t have this #metoo movement.

It’s going to be really embarrassing for the family. But it’s better that they get embarrassed and get that perpetrator into jail (or at least some kind of punishment) rather than it becoming a perpetual cycle that is going to continue on for all the generations.

I was at a screening recently, and a woman came up to me afterwards and said, “you know, this is probably not going to change in India or Pakistan because incest is such a normal thing.” I was shocked to hear that. But essentially what she was saying is, sexually abusing your family members is normal. It just shows how deeply rooted this problem is. So I think shaming those perpetrators is essential.

TCR: From what you found in your research, is sexually assaulting young children a pervasive problem in Muslim communities? Particularly among family members?

Ali: I think that it is. I don’t know for certain if it’s more of a problem in Muslim communities than in other communities, but I think that it’s common enough that a lot of people you would know as a Muslim growing up did experience this as kids. Kids are also easier to sexually assault because you can threaten them or say, “don’t tell your mom.” It’s easier to do this to children because they wont react in the same way that an adult would. Again, because of our culture and staying silent, it’s very common and it’s very unfortunate. 

Megan Hadley is a reporter for The Crime Report. She welcomes comments from readers. 

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Is Social Media Responsible for Bill Cosby’s Takedown?

Experts argue that social media has given sexual assault victims the platform they need to come forward and speak out. But prosecutors need to do their part and file charges against powerful men, one lawyer said.

Social media was a key factor in the prosecution of actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, formerly of Temple University, experts told The Crime Report.

Victims can now come forward with “the push of a button” said Jeff Herman, a lawyer in Boca Raton, Fl., who handles sexual abuse cases. “We saw a flood of victims coming forward on social media, which created a platform for women to join together and support each other.”

Herman noted that in the days before the internet, powerful men like Bill Cosby engaged in “bad behavior” and could use their power to protect themselves. Consequently, victims felt they had no voice.

Cosby’s case was the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-in-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad, the Associated Press reports.

Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal than they did the first time: They put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, who has been married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. Cosby is expected to argue in an appeal that the other women should not have been allowed to take the stand.

By the time the verdict was read on Thursday, the public view of Cosby had fully shifted, but it took more than a decade, and a previously hung jury, to get to this point, noted Columbia Journalism Review. 

It was nearly 12 years ago that Philadelphia magazine published the first investigation into sexual assault allegations against hometown hero Cosby. The story said that Constand’s accusations might “amount to nothing, yet there is also the possibility that [they] will bubble up to destroy him.”

On Thursday, Cosby lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele after the prosecutor demanded Cosby be sent immediately to jail. Steele told the judge Cosby has an airplane and might flee. Cosby angrily denied he has a plane and called Steele an “a–hole,” shouting, “I’m sick of him!”

In 2015, Steele made good on his promise to prosecute Cosby, a move that Wendy Murphy, a lawyer in Boston who specializes in crimes against women and children, said was “worthy of a prosecutor” in an interview with The Crime Report.

Murphy emphasized the importance of Steele’s decision to prosecute Cosby.

“We need to take page from the playbook of Kevin Steele and use it in counties across the country” she said. “He should be the standard bearer on what a worthy prosecutor looks like. What a worthy prosecutor does. If we don’t do that, this case will not have turned a chapter.”

For Murphy, Cosby’s case has three important messages for society:

1. To men like Cosby … beware. You may have thought you could get away with this, but that has obviously changed and you cannot expect to get away with it. You may end up behind bars.

2. To women and victims, no matter who you are in society or how long ago your case happened, you should report it and speak up because it is never too late for justice. In whatever form it happens.

3. Every prosecutor who doesn’t file rape charges on the grounds that it doesn’t matter because women’s lives aren’t that important may find himself out of a job.

The system is moving in the right direction, but it remains to be seen whether prosecutors will fall in line, she concluded.

Megan Hadley is a reporter for The Crime Report. Readers’ comments are welcome.

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Few Illinois Nurses Trained to Treat Sex Assault Victims

Just 32 of the 200,000 registered nurses in Illinois are specially certified to work with the thousands of adult sexual assault patients who turn up in hospital emergency rooms in the state each year.

Just 32 of the nearly 200,000 registered nurses in Illinois are certified to work with adult sexual assault patients, reports the Chicago Tribune. Nearly 4,500 patients were seen in emergency rooms in the state for sexual abuse or rape in 2016. Despite health and government officials’ recommendations that sexual assault patients be treated by nurses trained to recognize trauma and collect evidence, many nurses receive no such training. The attorney general’s office said this month it is working with Illinois lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals have a medical provider trained in sexual assault present within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival. Hospitals would be required to implement this by 2023.

In a statement, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association said it supports forensic nurse training. But it said that deadline is not feasible because there are so many nurses to train in a specialty the group says few pursue or complete. Ann Spillane, the chief of staff for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, said hospitals refuse to prioritize staffing of trained professionals to treat victims. “In this midst of the #MeToo movement, it couldn’t be more clear that providing compassionate care to sexual assault survivors is not the hospitals’ priority,” she said. Three years ago, the attorney general tried to address the problem by hiring emergency room nurse Jaclyn Rodriguez to train her peers. She estimates 150 nurses in Illinois emergency rooms have completed the required 40 hours of training in sexual assault care and additional clinical work. But for national certification, nurses must pass the International Association of Forensic Nurses exam, and only 32 have completed that requirement.

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Visitors to NYC’s Rikers Jail Strip-Searched, Sexually Assaulted: Report

The abusive treatment of detainees in the country’s second-largest jail complex has long been the target of civil liberties complaints. But a new report claims that visitors are subject to similar abuse.

You get on the Q100 bus in Queens, New York, to visit an incarcerated family member or friend at Rikers Island—prepared for a long day of travel, only to spend one hour with your loved one.

Adding to your frustration, once you arrive at the jail complex, you’re likely to be treated like one of the inmates.

That’s the claim of a report released this week by the Jails Action Coalition (JAC), titled “It Makes Me Want to Cry: Visiting Rikers Island.” According to the report, visitors are subject to multiple searches, strict and inconsistent dress code enforcements, treated with disrespect, and some are even sexually harassed or assaulted by a correction officer.

The report collected interviews from 100 visitors to Rikers Island during 2017 at the Q100 bus stop, many of whom were women, and detailed their discouraging, traumatizing, and sometimes violent experiences with correction officers.

“Women and men have reported being forced to strip down to their underwear, show officers their genitals and suffer through inappropriate touching, even though these are directly in violation of Department of Correction (DOC) policy,” said the study.

Rikers, the nation’s second-largest jail after the Los Angeles County facility, has been the center of heated controversy over conditions inside the complex and alleged “torture” of inmates by guards. A commission headed by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has recommended closing Rikers, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this month that one of the jails at Rikers would be shut down.   

The Rikers Island Correctional Facility houses an average daily population of 10,000 inmates—most of whom have not yet been convicted of a crime, and are awaiting trial—in 10 separate jails.

New York City’s corrections policy prohibits strip searches of visitors at city jails, but the victims claim to have been assaulted in the bathrooms in the Central Visiting house, out of sight from surveillance cameras.

The report was released Tuesday morning at a Board of Corrections meeting, where advocates urged board members to adopt policies that would protect visitors and hold DOC officials accountable for abuses.

As of November 2017, at least 45 women have filed or are in the process of filing lawsuits that accuse the DOC of unlawful strip searches, most of them at Rikers. According to an attorney representing the plaintiffs, Alan Figman, these strip searches are still occuring.

He added that one of the officers accused of sexual abuse has been promoted to the DOC investigation team.

The report listed a number of recommendations for the DOC, the Board of Corrections and the Mayor’s office. They include: 

• Launch an independent and transparent investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse during unlawful strip searches.

  • Ensure supervisors make rounds during visit hours to ensure that DOC’s policies regarding searches are followed.
  • Provide visitors who are subjected to pat-frisk searches with a card that includes the searching correction officer’s name, badge number, an explanation of the visitor’s rights, and a description of how to make a complaint.
  • Eliminate the canine search, and reduce searches so that visitors are only searched once.
  • Prioritize shortening wait times for visitors.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) offered an angry rebuttal to the report’s premises, arguing that their members faced heightened safety risks from contraband smuggled into the prison (such as razor blades and knives),

“Please stop endangering the lives of correctional officers, civilian, staff and inmates,” said Elias Husamudeen, president of COBA.

“My safety, our safety, is at risk, and we can’t continue to have people who have no idea what it means to run a jail dictate what should be done in the jail,” he told the Board of Corrections.

But according to the Board of Corrections 2015 Report Violence in New York City Jails: Slashing and Stabbing Incidents, nearly 80 percent of the weapons recovered in 2014 were fashioned from items found or used in the jails, and only 10 percent were introduced from the outside.

A large proportion of the illegal contraband is brought in by uniformed guards and employees, said Laura Fettig, an advocate for JAC.

“For us, the reality of how contraband enters Rikers is not though visitors,” she said. “There are ways to make visiting safe and encourage visiting, without traumatizing visitors and further risking safety of correction officers.

“We all want safer jails and it doesn’t have to be a trade-off.”

In an interview with The Crime Report, Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains Association, called the claims in the report a “stretch.”

Ferraiuolo, a corrections captain for over 30 years, said he has never heard of, nor seen, visitors being sexually assaulted by correction officers.

“To me, it’s people seeking to get some type of monetary award from the city of New York,” he said.

When asked whether correction officers were taking women into bathrooms for strip searches, Ferraiuolo suggested the accusations were easy to make—and impossible to document—because there are no cameras in the bathroom.

“It’s the same allegations that come from inmates,” he said. “The inmates know where there are no cameras, and a lot of times they will make an allegation and say they were assaulted. It’s almost a scenario.”

Yet Ferraiuolo acknowledged that sometimes officers get pushed to the edge by the screaming, cursing, fighting and throwing of urine and feces that goes on between inmates at Rikers Island.

“There are times people need to take into consideration that correction officers are humans first,” said Ferraiulo. “It’s tough at times. It’s just not an easy job.”

Megan Hadley is a staff writer for The Crime Report. She welcomes comments from readers.

from https://thecrimereport.org

Women Complain of Assault by Massage Envy Masseuses

Buzzfeed says more than 180 female customers have filed sexual assault allegations against Massage Envy, a billion-dollar spa company with nearly 1,200 franchises nationwide.

Buzzfeed News reports that more than 180 female customers have filed sexual assault allegations against Massage Envy, a spa company with nearly 1,200 franchises nationwide. The largest chain of massage franchises in the country, Massage Envy is a billion-dollar business that promises trustworthy services at an affordable price. But BuzzFeed found that scores of people have filed lawsuits, police reports, and state board complaints against Massage Envy spas, their employees, and the national company. Many say their claims were mishandled or ignored by employees and owners of individual Massage Envy spas, and by the national company itself.

Dozens of women reported digital and oral penetration. One Oregon woman said her massage therapist forced his fist into her vagina before ejaculating in her face. In Florida, a woman said she tried to push away her massage therapist as he licked her vagina. Over 100 reported that massage therapists groped their genitals or committed other violations, such as a California woman who said she opened her eyes during a prenatal massage to find her massage therapist sucking on her nipple. These claims represent only a sliver of the tens of millions of services Massage Envy says its franchises have provided. Still, lawyers for aggrieved spa clients said 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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