Woman Sexually Assaulted in Home During Prenatal Massage
A woman was sexually assaulted during a house call massage appointment in Mesa on Monday. Mesa police say that on Saturday, November 17, 41-year-old David Ryska made a house call for a woman who requested a prenatal massage to relieve pain in her pelvis. During the massage, Ryska allegedly told the victim “It’s a good thing your husband isn’t home.” Later on during the massage, he allegedly touched and kissed her body inappropriately.
The woman ordered Ryska to leave and he did so, telling her that he would not charge her. Police then had the victim call Ryska while they were listening, and he allegedly apologized and told the victim that he would accept the consequences for his actions.
Mesa police arrested Ryska at his home on Monday, November 19. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 28.
Legal Options For Victims of Massage Therapist Sexual Assault
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by massage therapists:
Over the past several years, massage therapist sexual assault has been making headlines across the country. Massage therapy requires a great degree of trust between the customer and massage therapist, but some massage therapists are sexual predators who violate this trust by sexually assaulting their customers. According to a 2017 report by BuzzFeed News, more than 180 people have reported sexual assault at nationwide chain Massage Envy. This year, dozens of other victims have brought lawsuits against Massage Envy and other businesses for their failure to keep their customers safe.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a massage therapist, you have legal rights in both criminal and civil courts. To find out more about filing a massage therapist sexual assault lawsuit, consider speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers in a free consultation.
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