SINGAPORE: Over a number of years, a conventional Chinese language medication (TCM) therapeutic massage therapist molested his stepdaughter on the pretext of treating her, telling her she suffered “imbalance” or was possessed by an evil spirit.
The 44-year-old man was sentenced to 2 years’ jail and 9 strokes of the cane on Friday (Nov 4).
He pleaded responsible to 3 counts of molestation, with one other three expenses considered. He can’t be named to guard the identification of the sufferer.
The court docket heard that the offender married the sufferer’s mom someday between 2010 and 2011. They’d a son collectively, born in 2016.
The sufferer had been underneath the care of her maternal household abroad between 2006 and 2012 however was abused by her household. Particularly, she was not allowed to contact her mom, and was informed that her mom didn’t need her.
Finally, the sufferer’s mom organized for the sufferer to return to Singapore in December 2012. She learnt that her mom had remarried the accused and moved in with them.
Within the week that she first moved in, the offender claimed that he noticed an “imbalance” within the sufferer’s shoulders.
The sufferer informed him that she had beforehand injured her hand throughout a Bodily Schooling class.
The offender massaged the sufferer’s hand in entrance of her mom, on the idea of relieving the ache.
HE CLAIMED HE NEEDED TO UNCLOG ARTERY
In January 2013, the offender was residence alone with the sufferer. He massaged the sufferer on the pretext of assuaging the damage.
He then claimed that the chest space must be massaged in line with TCM practices, to “unclog” the artery that was inflicting ache.
He then molested the sufferer by massaging her. The sufferer felt uncomfortable however believed his rationalization on why such a therapeutic massage was wanted. She was 17 on the time.
After this, the offender started asking the sufferer to therapeutic massage his non-public components, and he or she would comply.
In August 2014, the offender contacted the sufferer and requested her to go over, saying that she was possessed by an evil spirit and he wanted to therapeutic massage her.
The sufferer had an amulet that was damaged on the time, so she believed her stepfather that she was possessed and wanted the therapeutic massage.
The person then molested her whereas massaging her. The sufferer fidgeted and expressed resistance however he informed her there was “no alternative” and that it needed to be executed to take away the evil spirit.
In September 2019, the sufferer was in a minor automobile accident and was injured. Her stepfather once more molested her on the pretext of massaging her.
He massaged her buttocks, claiming that the “qi” had moved to her buttocks and he wanted to therapeutic massage it away. The sufferer believed that the therapeutic massage was for her damage.
Nevertheless, the offender shortly pulled up the sufferer’s shorts when his spouse entered the room, inflicting the sufferer to really feel that one thing was bizarre.
VICTIM REALISES SEXUAL CONDUCT WAS WRONG
In June 2020, the sufferer got here to know of a case involving a intercourse act in a therapeutic massage salon. She realised that her stepfather’s sexual conduct in direction of her was incorrect.
Nevertheless, she didn’t inform her mom as she was afraid it might lead to a divorce and in her mom abandoning her. She additionally didn’t wish to spoil her youthful brother’s future.
The sufferer and her mom later deliberate to maneuver out from the household residence. Nevertheless, the sufferer realised there have been monetary difficulties stopping this from taking place.
She felt pissed off, and informed her mom in January 2021 that she wished to maneuver out with out her stepfather coming alongside.
The subsequent day, the sufferer’s mom found the sufferer crying in the bathroom. After leaving for work, the sufferer’s mom despatched the sufferer a textual content message to verify on her.
It was then that the sufferer informed her about being molested by the offender. The sufferer lodged a police report and her mom confronted the offender, who apologised to the sufferer through a textual content message.
The prosecution stated that ordinary TCM practices and teachings don’t encourage practitioners to make use of factors close to the chest for shoulder accidents.
It is usually usually not really useful for an individual to therapeutic massage on or close to the non-public areas of sufferers. TCM additionally doesn’t have interaction within the idea of evil spirits, stated the prosecutor.
The sufferer suffered from generalised nervousness dysfunction since January 2021 and was referred to a psychologist for remedy, the court docket heard.
The prosecutor requested for twenty-four to twenty-eight months’ jail, with 9 strokes of the cane, citing the diploma of sexual exploitation and the abuse of belief each as a father determine and as a TCM therapeutic massage therapist.
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