Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault: Still Possible In Times of Tragedy

For the past several weeks, the news has been filled with reports of the devastation left behind by several hurricanes. From Harvey to Irma and Maria, the southern United States and Caribbean have been battered by a series of serious storms that have left destruction in their collective wake. Many are now facing the process of rebuilding, which could take weeks or months to complete.

The cruise industry has been heavily impacted by the trio of storms, rerouting passengers and cancelling trips entirely, depending on the threat at the time of sailing. In order to help the communities in some of the hardest-hit areas recover, many cruise lines have offered donations of supplies or accommodations. It is likely that there will continue to be a need for aid for many weeks to come.

Rape and Sexual Assault: A Problem At Sea

However, in the aftermath of this storm, it is important to remember that cruise ship rape and sexual assault can happen, whether or not there is a natural disaster. The fact of the matter is that rape and sexual assault are the two most commonly reported crimes aboard cruise ships. Given that we know not all rapes and sexual assaults are reported, this is a striking and disturbing statistic.

Although the cruise industry maintains that the rate of rape and sexual assault at sea is far below the rate on land, there is no real way to determine the accuracy of that statement. As a result, it is up to individuals to ensure that they keep themselves safe.

In the wake of a tragedy such as Hurricane Irma, it can be easy to divert all of our attention to the immediate situation. And while the reconstruction and aid efforts are certainly worthy of attention, we must also remember that the cruise lines may not always have the best interest of passengers and crewmembers at heart.   Once an incident occurs the cruise line will begin to take immediate steps to protect itself and gather evidence which can be used to defeat a potential claim.

For individuals, the best way to ensure your safety and prevent an attack is to always be aware of your surroundings. If you are meeting people aboard the ship, be sure to spend time with them only in public spaces. And should you be enjoying alcoholic beverages, always keep an eye on your drink.  Always let friends and family know where you will be and check in regularly.

LMAW Offers Comprehensive Representation After Cruise Rape and Sexual Assault

That said, even the most cautious and observant individual may find themselves the victim of a cruise ship rape or sexual assault. And if that occurs, it is important to make sure you report the incident, take notes of the event, and seek legal representation you can trust as soon as possible.

At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have handled countless cruise ship rape and sexual assault cases. As a result, we know exactly what you are facing and how we can be of the most help.

We vow to stay by our clients until they get the results they deserve. So if you are seeking a cruise ship rape lawyer and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.