There are many forms of power abuse that haven’t gained the attention that they need for support to be offered. Unfortunately abuse by Massage Therapists and Fitness Instructors happens to be one of them. There are thousands of stories and articles online giving victim testimonies about this type of abuse, however there was no resource located that specifically targets this type of abuse and provides support. Power abuse starts off as mental abuse and evolves to sexual abuse. To understand more about power abuse refer to the Doctor and Therapist Abuse page. There are many resources located on this page that should help you understand what happened to you. To gain valuable tools to help you in your healing journey and to help you take your life back check out the Survivor Resources section of this site. If anyone is aware of information that can be used as a resource to victims of abuse of Massage Therapists and Fitness Instructors email so this information can be posted to this page. Together we can make a difference.
While most massage therapists and masseuses operate in a manner that follows their state’s ethical standards, there are some massage therapists that cross the line into sexual misconduct (erotics or “happy ending” massages). This can include inappropriate touching (grabbing, touching, fondling, or kissing), exposing oneself, forcing client to touch them, verbal threats to rape or sexually assault, and rape. Those massage therapists that do commit sexual assaults often blame the victim, tell the victim that nothing happened and that they must be confused, or they even use clinical explanations for their behavior – as a necessary part of the message. In some instances the client may be asleep, drugged or drunk.