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ANOTHER ABUSIVE MASSAGE THERAPIST IN NEW JERSEY PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM PRACTICING

ANOTHER ABUSIVE MASSAGE THERAPIST IN NEW JERSEY PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM PRACTICING

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The end of August 2020 brings with it the end of yet another New Jersey massage therapist’s career. As a result of “inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact” with a client, the state Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy permanently revoked the license of the ninth massage therapist since July 2019. 

Earlier this year, John R. Popper, 48, of Little Egg Harbor was convicted of harassment by offensive touching for placing his hand on a client’s vagina during a massage at Hand and Stone spa located at 277 New Road in Somers Point. The client reported the incident immediately after her appointment with Popper in 2017.

He “engaged in professional misconduct and committed a crime of moral turpitude,” said New Jersey state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The many recent allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by licensees has prompted a review of the 51 professional boards under New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs. Overseeing 720,000 active licensed professionals, from accountants and doctors to plumbers, and massage therapists, the attorney general said, the goal is to ensure boards uniformly adopt best practices and enforce their rules.

“No client or patient should ever have to fear for their personal safety while interacting with a licensed professional in this state,” Grewal said. “By revoking the licenses of massage therapists who prey on their clients, the [state] is carrying out its duty to protect the public.”

In a Final Order filed on Aug. 25, 2020, the Board concluded that Popper’s conduct was “so egregious and morally reprehensible, and so fundamentally at odds with anything that we would expect of a massage therapist that nothing short of permanent revocation would be sufficient to protect the public health, safety and welfare.”

The Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy has adopted new rules to help prevent and detect sexual misconduct and abuse in the industry, Grewal said.

Some of those rules include:

  1. Requiring massage therapists to notify the board of criminal, civil, administrative, and employment actions against them
  2. Require massage therapists to report misconduct by others
  3. Protect minors from abuse

Now more than ever, the stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book a massage, it is to decompress and relax. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe. It is for this reason regulating the practice of massage therapy is necessary. Any violation requires swift action, as it is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Woman sexually assaulted by Uber driver after getting ride home from bar, Police say

Woman sexually assaulted by Uber driver after getting ride home from bar, Police say

On December 10, Uber driver, Gilberto Segura, 52, of Hamilton, was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman outside her home. Sugura, who picked up the woman at Cooper’s Riverview bar and nightclub in Trenton the previous Friday night, faces multiple charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual contact. 

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said he sexually assaulted her while out front in his car.  Detectives from Ewing Police and the MCPO Special Victims Unit identified Segura using the woman’s phone and Uber app. Segura had no other reported incidents and had passed an Uber background check. 

A recent report released by Uber, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported on the company’s 1.3 billion rides in 2018. Victims were both drivers and riders, including some incidents between riders. In instances of rape, 92% of the reported victims had been riders. 

Uber customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their Uber drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many Uber passengers are critical that Uber has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure that the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country.  An employee of any company is never permitted to have unwanted sexual contact with a customer. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

New Jersey Law Gives Sexual Abuse Victims More Time To Sue

Beginning December 1, 2019, New Jersey Law Expands Statute of Limitations Allowing Sex Abuse Victims More Time To Sue

The State of New Jersey passed legislation which will empower victims of child sexual abuse to sue their attackers. The new law, which takes effect December 1, 2019, significantly extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims and creates a two-year window for older claims whose statue of limitations had previously expired to be filed. It will now also be easier for survivors to seek damages from the organizations and the institutions that employed abusers and covered up the abuse. 

New Jersey’s old law gave survivors of sexual abuse only two years to sue for damages. A victim of child sexual abuse was allowed to file civil claims within two years after turning age 18, or within two years from the time they become aware of the abuse.  Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law that now enables victims of child sexual abuse to sue their abusers up until they turn 55 years old, or seven years from the date they became aware of the abuse.  But, victims older than 55, will have the two year window beginning December 1, 2019, regardless of their age.

“Survivors of sexual abuse deserve opportunities to seek redress against their abusers,” Murphy said after the signing. “This legislation allows survivors who have faced tremendous trauma the ability to pursue justice through the court system.” 

According to mental health experts and sexual abuse advocates, it often take years for survivors to find the courage to speak about their experience. Many victims are afraid they won’t be believed, or are just too ashamed to talk about the trauma of the abuse.  

States throughout the country have been demanding that current statute of limitations laws involving claims of child sexual abuse be amended. So far, ten other states have passed a similar statute of limitations bill, but the distinction in New Jersey’s law is that the window allows adults who were sexually assaulted to file lawsuits, as well.  For a long time the Catholic Church and insurance companies opposed the bill, fearing a flood of victims suing for cases based on flimsy evidence would make religious groups and nonprofits more vulnerable to financial losses. 

“While we disagreed on specific elements of this legislation, the Catholic community, the Legislature and the governor sincerely agree on one key position — the need to restore justice for the victims of sexual abuse in New Jersey,” the Archdiocese of Newark said in a statement. “The Catholic community is confident that the Independent Victims Compensation Program established by the five dioceses in New Jersey is a significant step towards restoring justice for those who, as minors, were abused by ministers of the Church. Further, we are committed to the comprehensive healing of those harmed and we will continue our policies aimed at protecting children from abuse.”

New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale has been fighting for the legislation for the past 15 years, and was a primary sponsor of the newly passed bill. Last summer, the Pennsylvania attorney general released a detailed report revealing decades of abuse and coverup by the Catholic Church in New Jersey. Vitale said the report prompted renewed efforts to pass the bill, and that many of his colleagues asked to be co-sponsors.

“It’s a big day.” We always talk about finding justice for all the survivors, not just those in the past but those that will need it in the future.”

The statistics are shocking. Sexual violence affects millions of people. Today in America, every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted. Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Somehow, only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. The new legislation passed in New Jersey is a positive step in our nation’s commitment to protect its citizens. Any organization or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential employees. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested in New Jersey, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.