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The Rise of Sexual Assault and Acupuncture

Published: November 10, 2021 0011 10:00 am

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man in handcuffs after being arrested by police | Sexual Assault and AcupunctureAn acupuncture therapist in Fort Collins is accused of sexually assaulting clients during acupuncture sessions. Kent Nixon allegedly sexually assaulted several women during sessions in Fort Collins. Kristin Vogt, Sara Neubert, and two other women testified in the case against him and asked the judge for a stiffer penalty. 

Earlier, Nixon reached a plea deal with the Larimer County District Attorney to plead guilty to nine counts of fake medical exams instead of sex crimes. However, perhaps based on the testimony of the alleged victims, the judge rejected the deal. Instead, the case will hopefully proceed to trial. 

This case is one of many sexual assault cases across the country where acupuncturists are being accused of sexual assault. Earlier this month in Redwood City, California, acupuncturist Randall Neustaedter was found guilty on all counts of sexual assault and faces 24 years in prison for his crimes. 

Acupuncture is a growing alternative medicine practice that has been around for thousands of years. In western societies, many individuals are turning towards eastern medicine to find relief for a variety of issues, such as inflammation, pain relief, and headaches. It is a safe and surprisingly effective treatment when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. 

Unfortunately, some practitioners can take advantage of patients in their most vulnerable states. They may inappropriately touch or sexually assault patients without their consent and use the cover of “medicine” to get away with it. 

This is unacceptable, and abusive acupuncturists and medical practitioners should be held accountable. 

Seeking Help After a Sexual Assault

Immediately after a sexual assault or trauma, you may not know exactly what to do next. You may find yourself questioning what happened and why it happened? You may feel frightened, angry, or confused. During this time, you may even convince yourself that you can move forward without seeking justice. 

Moving forward in life and healing after experiencing sexual assault is not easy. It is a process that looks different for everyone. It can take weeks, months, or years to fully heal and process what happened. There is no “right” way to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault. However, you should never go through it alone. 

Seek support from family members, friends, and therapists. This can go a long way towards healing and ultimately moving forward in life after a sexual assault. Another step is to seek legal justice. 

You may not wish to go to court or face your abuser. However, you might not have to. The first step is to come to a FREE initial and confidential consultation with an experienced Denver sexual assault attorney. Your attorney will listen to your case and help you explore all your legal options. Learning about your legal options is the first step towards seeking justice. 

Contact Our Denver Sexual Assault Attorneys

Gold Law FirmYou deserve to have a law firm on your side that can protect you and your future after you survived a sexual assault. Call the Gold Law Firm today. We can meet with you for a FREE and 100% confidential evaluation to answer all your questions. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. With offices in Denver, Brush, Durango, and Loveland, we are here to help you.

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