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The Secret Epidemic of Sexual Assault at One of the Country’s Most Popular Spas

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An inquisitive report from BuzzFeed News found that some-more than 180 women have accused massage therapists at Massage Envy authorization locations of passionate attack while the company has finished little to residence the allegations.

Some of the allegations embody nonconsensual digital penetration, nonconsensual vaginal beating and groping.

BuzzFeed unclosed a settlement of unhandy responses from feeble lerned Massage Envy sauna managers and slight disaster to residence passionate attack allegations in any suggestive way.


Massage Envy doesn’t need its locations to report assaults to police. The company cited the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) in leaving the decision to report assaults to the authorities with attack survivors. RAINN, which has no tie to Massage Envy, told BuzzFeed that Massage Envy was misrepresenting its position.

Corporate policies reported by BuzzFeed were oriented toward predicament management.

Melanie Hansen, ubiquitous warn of Massage Envy Franchising, said, “As a franchisor of a service brand, we are not experts in questioning rapist acts” and pronounced the classification advises spas “to secure consultant help as indispensable to examine incidents.” This superintendence did not seem in training materials reviewed by BuzzFeed.

Last year, Rep. Pat Meehan (D-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation requiring sauna employees to report passionate attack allegations to police.

Eight women have filed a fit against a Massage Envy sauna for its doing of passionate assault. The case is scheduled to go to hearing in January.

Chris Sosa is a handling editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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