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Report Inappropriate Touch by Massage Therapists to the Department of Health or Other Licensing Agency

Had a bad massage experience? Here’s an unusual suggestion.

If you’ve gotten a massage and suffered any inappropriate conduct (uncomfortable touch, suggestive remarks, unusual requests), you’ve likely considered calling the police or a civil attorney.

Good for you. But few ever think about contacting the health department in the state where the therapist is licensed.

Here are four reasons why you should consider this step:

–Sometimes police or prosecutors are overworked and can’t move very quickly to expose a wrongdoer. And until an offender is publicly exposed, he’s still a risk to others. Health departments can sometimes more take action quickly.

–In many statesthe Department of Health or Board of Massage Therapy can impose remedies like yanking a therapist’s license, suspending him or her, and issuing a public reprimand.

–Sometimes, these sanctions become a public record and are publicized by news media, thus warning other unsuspecting massage clients.

–Many victims feel better once they’ve taken steps to protect others. (And sometimes, inaction leads to nagging thoughts of “What if he’s still hurting others?)

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Finally, if you’ve never had a massage, or a creepy experience during a massage, you may well know others who have. It’s a billion dollar industry and one in four adults have had a massage just within the past year.

So you can help just by asking friends and family “Hey has a massage therapist ever made you feel awkward or uncomfortable?

If the answer is yes, tell them “I believe you and will support you no matter how you choose to handle this.” Listen intently to them. Assure them that however they reacted to the abuse at the time is understandable. Discourage them from ‘kicking themselves’ about not responding in a different way.

And gently urge them to consider reaching out to independent sources of help: therapists, police, prosecutors, health officials and attorneys.

Over the years, Horowitz law has pursued cases like this in many massage chains, including Massage Envy, Hand & Stone, Massage Green, Massage LuXe, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, and many other locations.  https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/who-we-sue/massage-therapists-spas/

Sex Assault Complaint Leads to Emergency Restriction on License of Orlando Massage Therapist from Hand and Stone

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of David Nazario on July 17, 2017.  According to the DOH, Nazario sexually assaulted a 41-year old female client at a Hand and Stone franchise in Orlando, Florida in May 2017.  During a massage appointment, Nazario reportedly lowered the draping to expose his client’s genitals and then touched her vaginal area and breasts without her consent.  The DOH Order stated that “Nazario willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.”  As a result of the Order, Nazario is prohibited from practicing massage therapy on female clients pending a final disciplinary hearing.  Nazario has been licensed as a massage therapist since February 2016.

Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.   Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust.  All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in supervision and protection at all times.

Aattorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy and other national chains, spas, and hotels.  You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.