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Rape and Violent Crimes on Baltic Cruise Ships

June 15, 2015

Cruises are regarded as one of the best types of vacations for both singles and families, offering a plethora of options for relaxation, entertainment, and exploration. Unfortunately, for some, a cruise can also be one of the worst experiences imaginable. The possibility of getting involved in an accident at sea is a challenge many cruise passengers face when embarking on a cruise vacation. However, as if worrying about getting hurt wasn’t a large enough concern, many travelers are also at risk for violent crimes, including sexual assault. Although reports of a sexual assault aboard a cruise ship isn’t something the... Read Article

Cruise Ship Rape Awareness for Spring Breakers: 3 Safety Tips to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Assault

March 11, 2015

Spring break is around the corner, which means there are going to be a lot of kids, teens, and college students cruising around the world. Some will be cruising with their parents, while others will venture off into the seas with friends. Given the higher number of young passengers that will be sailing on cruise vacations in the upcoming weeks, our attorneys here at LMAW would like to take a moment to discuss one of the largest threats that often face young and female travelers while out at sea: cruise ship rape. Though cruise vacations are intended to be fun... Read Article

The Truth About Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Crimes

February 20, 2015

When most travelers board a cruise ship, they have a lot on their minds. ‘What activities should I do first?’ ‘Where can I get some food?’ ‘Point me to the nearest bar.’ It’s highly doubtful that any cruise passenger’s prevailing thoughts are centered on what crimes they could possibly suffer from or how unsafe they might be on their ship. But sadly, this is something all cruise passengers should be thinking about because safety isn’t always guaranteed. Unfortunately, there is a very real threat of danger with any cruise vacation –one of the largest being the threat of sexual assault.... Read Article

Ways to Avoid Sexual Assault on a Cruise Ship

February 19, 2015

Cruise vacations should be fun, right? They should offer the perfect chance to relax and unwind, as well as the opportunity to discover new, exciting destinations. The last thing anyone ever expects is for their cruise vacation to go from fun to being a nightmare. Unfortunately, this is the reality many cruise passengers face when they become the victims of sexual assault on the high seas. Sexual assault is the number one crime on cruise ships, yet, cruise lines appear nonchalant about these statistics. Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault on the high seas – from children to... Read Article

Understanding Cruise Ship Sexual Assault and Whether You Are a Victim

February 13, 2015

Traveling on a cruise should be a pleasant experience. The image presented by cruise companies is one of maximum relaxation in exotic locales, top-tier service, and on-shore adventures that will create memories to last a lifetime. Yet, for some unfortunate passengers who become the victims of sexual assault, their cruise experience is more akin to a nightmare. Our cruise ship rape lawyers here at LMAW hear of assault reports on a vessel more often than anyone can imagine. What’s even more disheartening is the fact that many victims do not obtain the justice they deserve. Some victims are so struck... Read Article

How Alcohol Consumption and Sexual Assault Can Threaten the Safety of Passengers on a Valentine’s Day Cruise

February 11, 2015

In our last blog, our maritime attorneys here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman talked about how a Valentine’s Day cruise can be a breeding grounds for potentially life-threatening scenarios at sea. While many cruisers embark on a Valentine’s cruise to have a good time with their significant others or even celebrate the single life with their friends, there are several risks that can present themselves on a holiday sailing. Last time, we discussed how scorned travelers can create a threatening situation on a ship. Scorned travelers are individuals who may be suffering from severe heartbreak, loneliness, or any other... Read Article

What You May Not Know About Cruise Ship Rape: Counties Have Differing Standards for Investigating and Persecuting Sexual Assault Cases

February 3, 2015

No one ever boards a cruise ship thinking the unthinkable happens, yet, as any cruise ship rape lawyer at our firm can tell you, tragedy strikes a lot more often than anyone might imagine. Sexual assault is the number one most frequently occurring crime at sea. Yet, not all incidents are reported to the public – or even federal authorities for that matter. There are many different types of sexual crimes at sea, but regardless of the circumstances surrounding each case, at the very least, when a cruise passenger suffers such a horrific type of crime, it’s natural to think... Read Article

Do Cruise Ship Rape Victims Truly Obtain Justice?

January 15, 2015

The recent sentencing of a Holland America crew member who raped and attempted to murder a female passenger aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam on Valentine’s Day, 2014, has raised several concerns over the safety of cruise ships, the efficacy of cruise line background screenings, and whether or not a victim of cruise ship rape can ever truly obtain justice, even when the assailant is caught and sentenced, as this particular crew member was. The crew member, an Indonesian man named Ketut Pujayasa, was sentenced to over 30 years in prison in a Broward County Federal Court. Pujayasa admitted to his... Read Article

Holland America Cruise Ship Worker Sentenced Following Passenger Rape and Attempted Murder

January 12, 2015

It’s been nearly a year since a Holland America passenger was raped and nearly killed by a cruise ship crew member aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam ship on Valentine’s Day, 2014. We can’t even begin to imagine the unspeakable amount of suffering the victim underwent – or the suffering any other cruise ship rape victim undergoes – but now, finally, at least some semblance of justice has been attained. According to news reports, a verdict has been reached in the case. The former HAL crew member was sentenced to 30 years and five months in prison in a Broward County... Read Article

Royal Caribbean Crew Member Accused of Sexual Assault Aboard the Quantum of the Seas Draws Attention to Cruise Hiring Practices

December 31, 2014

Royal Caribbean recently fired a Quantum of the Seas crew member who was held in custody in New Jersey following accusations that he sexually assaulted a passenger in her cabin. The passenger was allegedly asleep when the assault took place. The 25 year old crew member who was from Mauritius, allegedly threatened the woman against reporting the incident when she woke up. The crew member had access to the woman’s room because it was his duty to restock the cabin mini-bars. The crew member had been given a key that allowed him to have access to the woman’s room. Given... Read Article

Could a Sexual Predator Be On Board Your Next Cruise?

December 18, 2014

In the U.S., sex offenders are required to register with the FBI in order to let government agencies know where they will live. In all U.S. states, neighbors and citizens are warned through websites or other publications when a registered sex offender moves nearby. Megan’s Law requires that the U.S. government provide citizens with notification and information about sex offenders, including personal information about where the sex offender resides. Registered sex offenders are prohibited from being in the presence of minors or coming within a certain distance of a school or day care center. Yet, when individuals go on a... Read Article

What to do if You’ve Been Raped on a Cruise and the Importance of Contacting Authorities and a Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer Directly

December 4, 2014

Each cruise ship rape lawyer at our firm has, unfortunately, seen many tragic cases where women have been raped while on board a cruise. We fight diligently to seek justice for these women and understand that victims often feel confused and alone. Yet, it’s important to remember that there are a variety of resources available to protect the rights of those who have been victims of rape and sexual assault on the high seas. ​First and foremost, if you’ve been assaulted on a ship, report the crime to ship authorities as soon as possible, but also report the incident to... Read Article

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