SMSNA Leadership responds to March 16 Atlanta Shootings; Rejects sexual fixations justify or excuse violence

The SMSNA Board of Directors is shocked and dismayed by the recent shootings and senseless loss of life at massage parlors in the Atlanta Area on March 16, 2021. We express our solidarity and support for the Asian-American community and our sympathy for the victims, their friends, and their families. We furthermore express our conviction that individuals who work in massage parlors are entitled to dignity, respect, and safe working conditions. Reports have indicated that the alleged shooter suffers from fixations pertaining to sexual expression which may have contributed to the tragic events of that day. As clinicians and researchers concerned with sexual wellness, we work with individuals who are affected with sexual fixations to help overcome them. The SMSNA rejects any notion that such fixations justify or excuse any form of violence.