Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Martial Arts Instructors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps survivors of sexual abuse seek answers and support in civil suits. We’ve asked him to share some input into the legal options available to those who have been assaulted by instructors at karate academies and other businesses:
All business owners have a legal duty to make sure their customers are safe from foreseeable dangers. It goes without saying that these business owners and their employees, along with everyone else, should never abuse or assault their customers. Tragically, businesses that involve working with children can sometimes attract sexual predators who exploit their positions of trust in order to commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse.
In cases of sexual abuse committed by martial arts instructors or other types of instructors at similar businesses, it’s important that both the perpetrator and the business (if applicable) are held accountable for the trauma they’ve caused. While the criminal justice system will prosecute the offender, the civil court system can help demand accountability from the business and provide survivors with the support and justice they deserve.
For example, a business could be held liable for hiring an employee without first running a background check that could have uncovered a history of sexual misconduct. Additionally, these businesses can be held directly liable if the owner commits the abuse.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a martial arts instructor or anyone else, consider speaking to an experienced sex abuse attorney to learn more about your family’s legal rights.
Location of Universal Martial Arts & Yoga Academy in Parsippany, NJ