Massage Therapist Faces Sexual Battery and Rape Charges
A massage therapist formerly employed by Serenity Day Spa was arrested on rape charges after a customer accused him of sexual assault during a massage. An unidentified 19-year-old female victim claims 34-year-old Ryan Davis inappropriately touched her and made unwanted sexual remarks during the massage.
Davis, who was also working as a Shelby County Deputy Jailer, was fired by the spa following the allegations and suspended without pay as a deputy jailer. He was charged with rape and sexual battery on Monday, July 16th and is currently free on a $100,000 bond.
How Common Is Massage Therapist Sexual Assault?
In recent years, the issue of massage therapist sexual assault has been making national headlines. This could either be due to a recent increase in these incidents or simply because victims are feeling more empowered about coming forward. According to an in-depth investigation by BuzzFeed News, employees of the Massage Envy chain have been accused of at least 180 sexual assaults. Countless other victims have reported sexual misconduct at various other massage businesses across the country.
Filing a Lawsuit as the Survivor of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault victims lawyer Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com would like to add some information for victims who are considering filing a lawsuit after sexual assault by a massage therapist:
When a sexual assault occurs in a place of business, it’s important to ask not only how the perpetrator can be prosecuted, but if the business did all that they could to prevent sexual assault. With the problem of massage therapist sexual assault becoming well-known, massage businesses must take special care to make sure their customers are safe. Businesses whose negligence enabled a sexual assault to occur can be held liable for damages if the victim chooses to file a civil suit. For example, a business might be considered negligent if they failed to run a background check before hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct or if they allowed an employee accused of sexual misconduct to continue working.
Survivors of sexual assault should speak with an experienced victims lawyer to learn more about their legal options.