Who is Instructor Steve Choi?
Steve Choi, 43 an instructor at Lion Choi taekwondo studio on the 2000th block of Annapolis in Hanover Maryland. A 14-year-old child disclosed to the Child Advocacy Center that they had been sexually abused by Steve Choi. Police arrested Choi in August of 2022. The affidavit of probable cause says he used classic grooming techniques to sexually abuse the child. In 2022 Choi pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
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How Can A Civil Lawsuit Help Victims Seek Justice For The Trauma They Experienced At The Hands Of Lion Choi’s and Steve Choi?
There are many misunderstandings about why a survivor of sexual abuse would choose to file a civil lawsuit. Child sexual abuse takes away so much from the survivors and families impacted. Our society still struggles to find ways to repair the harm done by individual perpetrators and institutions that have covered up child sexual abuse. Outdated statutes of limitations across our country leave far too many survivors denied access to our criminal or civil justice courts.
Filing a civil case can be an essential step for survivors and their families in their journey to slowly rebuild their lives and create pathways to healing. Motivation for filing a civil suit is often questioned and unfairly stereotyped as being “all about money. Filing a civil lawsuit can cast survivors as “money hungry” and is weaponized to shame and blame them even more. This couldn’t be further from the truth for survivors of child sexual abuse. The civil justice system offers victims more than just monetary benefits. It gives survivors access to justice, validation, exposure, confrontation, and ultimately some resolution. The resolution allows survivors of sexual abuse to understand and process what happened and create a new path forward without confusion, questions, and fear.
Can I pursue a case against Lion Choi and Steve Choi?
Yes. You would have rights if you were a victim of Steve Choi while employed at any organization if they had prior knowledge or failed to act on their duty of care for children.
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