Massage Envy latest to be held responsible
For immediate release Wednesday, November 29
We commend Tara Woodley for bravely sharing with the public her experience at a Washington, D.C. location of Massage Envy.
After filing a lawsuit against Massage Envy in September as Jane Doe, Ms. Woodley was inspired recently by other women who have since come forward, out of the shadows, with similar accounts involving certain politicians or celebrities. It is our hope other victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers will be inspired to do the same.
For too long, many survivors of sexual abuse/assault have felt the need to conceal their identities to protect themselves from further harm. The tide seems to be turning, however, to the point where survivors are showing they have nothing to hide or be ashamed of and that the responsibility for such crimes belongs to the perpetrators and their enablers, not the innocent. This trend is good for the cause of justice, healing, and prevention of these types of crimes. Massage Envy should be held responsible for the actions of their employees and the cover up of allegations.
We’d also like to commend the police in this case who, according to Ms. Woodley, handled her complaint professionally. When accusations of sexual abuse/assault are responded to appropriately, by all involved, there is a ripple effect which can empower others in the pursuit of justice and a safer society. That is bad news for the guilty but hope for the common good.
SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 email@example.com
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.
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.