We always say never to blame the victim of a crime, especially a sexual assault or rape.
Al Gore allegedly assaulted a massage therapist in 2006, and I have to say I have mixed feelings about all of this.
As a professional massage therapist, there's a line you draw.
Personally, if a client touched me or even attempted to touch me, the massage would be over. The situation gets murky when it's verbal. I give the client one warning, if he persists, then he's out. (Notice I said "he"; that's deliberate. I've never had a female client do or say anything inappropriate. Only the men.)
I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the therapist in question felt intimidated by the identity of her client. Regardless, if the allegations are true, then the situation escalated and she did nothing. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't find it difficult to simply leave a room while my client is naked on the massage table. I'd be out the door before he disentangled himself from the sheet and got off the table. But maybe that's just me...
Discuss, please. Am I being too harsh?
Tip o' the hat to reader/commenter SCI-FI, who kindly sent me a link to the article.