In what seems to be a weekly occurrence for the Massage Envy franchise, yet another arrest was made involving a sexual assault on a customer by a “certified therapist hired after a thorough background check.” This time, a Henrico County Massage Envy employee – Daeshawn Bullard – was arrested for Forcible Object Sexual Penetration which occurred during a massage on a female customer. You can find a full account of the assault here.
Although Massage Envy issued a statement that they “take these allegations very seriously”, it takes more than strong statements immediately following an arrest of an employee to change long standing policies that foster a nationwide culture. The attorneys at LUONGO BELLWOAR LLP are members of the National Crime Victims Bar Association and are currently litigating cases against Massage Envy for sexually assaulting customers in several states. For more information on this lawsuit, be sure to read this previous blog post.
We encourage victims to speak out
If you have been a victim of abuse by a massage therapist, we encourage you to contact your local police department and seek counseling and guidance from your local crime victim’s center. And if you would like to know your rights in the civil justice system, call our office and speak with one of our attorneys. Spanish translation is available if needed. You can also download our PA Crime Victims Handbook, available in English and Spanish, in the sidebar to the right of this page.