FL--Orlando massage therapist is “restricted;” Victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Orlando massage therapist is “restricted”
He’s twice-accused of sexual misconduct
Group applauds state Health Dept. action
It urges “others in pain” to “come forward”
SNAP: “We’re convinced he’s hurt more women”
An Orlando massage therapist has been restricted by an emergency order from The Florida Department of Health because they say he “presents an immediate, serious danger to the public health, safety, or welfare.”
Frederick Dost faces one civil lawsuit and is accused by two women of sexual misconduct by during massages at two Massage Envy locations - Winter Garden and Siesta Key.
The emergency order was issued last week. The first lawsuit against Dost was filed in January.
A month ago, Dost fired back against allegations that he sexually assaulted a client, claiming that he “knows all about predatory females” and is being “used as a pawn in a larger money grab.” http://frederickdost.brandyourself.com/ (NOTE – He has since taken down this post.)
He explains it this way,
The problem is systemic male gender bias and a "guilty until proven innocent" corporate model and a zero tolerance policy that assumes the male therapist guilty until he proves his innocence, on ANY complaint. Women know this rule and use it to their advantage, often for malicious intentions or revenge, especially if the male therapist rejects their sexual advances or threatens to end a session on the spot and report them to management or the police. No male therapist dares to do this in a litigious America bias against men and led by opportunistic prosecutors asserting that women are somehow helpless, "vulnerable" victims during a massage session.
Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, call Dost’s post “full of unfounded, self-serving and hurtful characterizations of victims in general and women in particular.”
“Approximately 1 in 20 women are victims of sexual violence other than rape, a shockingly high figure,” said Barbara Dorris of SNAP. “Almost 70% of these assaults are not reported to police. Violence against women is a wide-spread and under reported crime. To blame ‘predatory females’ is both insulting and untrue.”
“Remarks like those made by Dost intimidate other victims and deter them from reporting criminals, which leads to more sexual violence,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “And victim-blaming rubs salt into the wounds of already damaged survivors. False allegations of sexual assault are extremely rare.”
"Our hearts ache for all female survivors of sexual violence, some of whom will no doubt be discouraged from blowing the whistle on sex offenders when they see other victims being discounted and publicly attacked,” Dorris said. “We want them to know that there are people who will believe them and support them.”
After one of the victims reported her attack to law enforcement, Dost was let go from Massage Envy.
“No matter what state officials eventually do or don’t do to Dost, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes and misdeeds during massages to protect others by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours,” Dorris said. “This is how we will all be safer, victims will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.”
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.