More than 150 women report sex assault incidents at Massage Envy spas
Nov 28, 2017, 00:28
In the midst of sexual assault allegations embroiling the nation from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, more than 180 women have just come forward with allegations of being sexually assaulted at Massage Envy spas, according to a report published by BuzzFeed News this week.
The report found Ingram is among some 180 people who filed sexual misconduct complaints or lawsuits against Massage Envy employees at locations nationwide. The alleged victims claim that the franchise company policy allowed workers to engage in the unwanted sexual behavior.
As it turned out, two of his other victims had also reported their respective assaults, but the company took no actions because both women, just like Ingram, had made the allegations over the phone while the "official" Massage Envy policy dictates the company can not to do anything until the customers personally came in to report assault.
The most disturbing part, like many stories of sexual assault that have come to light over the past several weeks, is the swiftness with which Massage Envy reportedly tried to sweep the reports under the rug.
According to BuzzFeed, Massage Envy only requires franchises to conduct internal investigations of abuse claims except in the few states that require notification of local law enforcement. Ingram told NBC News and BuzzFeed she was dismissed by the West Chester location's manager when reporting the incident.
In a statement released to ABC, Massage Envy said it was "heartbroken" over every incident and that one incident is too many.
"I was really in a state of shock, disbelief, fear."
"My friend told me because she knew I had a massage here".
She says it happened while she was making minimum wage, working as a receptionist at a Massage Envy in Glendale, California, and getting a complimentary massage. I was like, "Oh s-t!'" said one woman who declined to give her name as she left a session at the 63rd Street spa Monday morning.
"Massage Envy told BuzzFeed News that it would not be "appropriate to respond point-by-point" to questions "because of pending litigation" and the confidential documents involved". "I endured a long, humiliating, and painful trial, and the massage therapist was convicted of a felony sexual assault".
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