Women Come Forward In Droves To Accuse Massage Workers Of Sexual Assault

The popular massage chain Massage Envy is facing allegations of more than 100 sexual assaults at franchise locations according to reports

Massage franchise Massage Envy, which counts more than 1.6 million members and 1,170 locations across the country, is facing allegations that 180 women were sexually assaulted at some of its spas, reported Buzzfeed News.

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.

The woman asked NBC 7 not to disclose her name because she is still embarrassed and emotionally scarred by the alleged rape.

Ryan Haynes was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Springfield Massage Envy in 2012.

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Another woman alleges she was a victim in January 2016 at the closed massage envy location on Elk Grove Boulevard in Elk Grove, saying the masseur fondled and groped the woman's genitals, and management took no action when she reported the abuse. Both women are taking their claims to court.

An attorney for the therapist was not available for comment on the allegations.

Ingram, who had detailed the incident in court, said that once she got home from the spa that day in 2015, she called back to speak to a manager but was ignored.

The number and severity of the allegations came to light in an investigation by Buzzfeed. Still, it said even one incident is too many, reports CBS News' Meg Oliver.

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"It is nearly impossible for me to find the right words to express how violated I felt and scared I was", Tara Woodley says.

Meanwhile, the latest woman to go public said she felt compelled to do so because the times call for her to do so. "Sit in your vehicle".

The American Massage Therapy Association told BuzzFeed that "anyone who feels there may be inappropriate behavior to call the local police immediately" and that "any massage therapist who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequences". "Unfortunately, the temptation of having little or no clothes on in a dark room, for a man that is of questionable character, that might be too much of a temptation for him". It is unclear if that revocation was related to the alleged rape.

The Massage Envy franchise network has more than three dozen spas across North Texas and almost 1,200 in the United States.

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In response to the more than 180 allegations of sexual assault by employees of Massage Envy, the company says it's not liable - the franchise owners are. "It's why we are constantly listening, learning and looking at how we can do more", the company said.

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