Can Alcohol on Cruise Ships Lead to Sexual Assault? Our Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer Investigates

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

cruise ship drink packagesAny cruise ship rape lawyer at our firm can tell you that sexual assault has long been a problem for cruise lines. In fact, sexual assault is the highest reported crime on cruise ships. And the worst part is that victims can be of any age.

There are many reasons as to why there are frequent sexual assaults on ships. For one, cruise ships are extremely confined. Attacks can easily occur because there are dozens of hidden corridors and spaces that make an assault that much easier. Additionally, surveillance on a ship is poor. Though most cruise ships are equipped with surveillance cameras, they aren’t always monitored to ensure passengers are kept safe. Also, there are no actual police officers on board ships to help detect the signs of a possible assault in progress or to assist with investigations. Sexual crimes are far more complicated than an average incident on a ship. These terrible crimes impact victims for their entire lives, causing unspeakable trauma and pain. Yet, in spite of the alarming statistics regarding sexual assault and rape on the high seas, cruise lines haven’t done much to reduce these horrible crimes from occurring.

Perhaps one of the most common factors that many sexual assaults at sea have in common is the fact that many of the victims are drugged. Perpetrators often spike a victim’s drink with dangerous substances that can lower their inhibitions or make the victim unconscious, facilitating the assailant’s ability to assault the victim. Given that many cruise lines push for high sales of alcohol, as alcohol is one of the cruise industry’s leading forms of revenue, could all these new “booze packages” be contributing to the rise in sexual crimes on ships?

From the standpoint of an experienced cruise ship rape lawyer , the answer is yes.

It’s no secret that one of the many appealing features of a cruise vacation is the ability to kick back and relax with a couple of drinks, not having to worry about driving anywhere intoxicated. Sure, we can understand that cruise passengers want to relax and have few cocktails, but there is a huge difference between a few drinks and having alcohol pushed on a passenger to the point they become overly intoxicated and potentially lose consciousness.

Given the nature of these unlimited alcohol packages, which promote greater alcohol consumption in general, it’s only natural that there will be a greater number of intoxicated passengers on board a ship, which, in turn can lead to a greater number of incidents, from altercations with other passengers to cruise ship rape. Check out the next installment of our blog series for more details on how these packages can lead to an increase in sexual assaults on cruise ships.