If you are preparing to set out on a cruise vacation, then you may be looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead. Whether it is your 1st cruise or your 100th cruise, there is a high chance that you have done your research, so that you know what to expect. While there is certainly a lot to anticipate before you depart, you may also have a few questions about what to look out for, namely: is cruise ship rape a real problem?
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that cruise ship rape and sexual assault are the two most commonly reported crimes at sea. Moreover, despite the fact that these two crimes are more frequently reported than any other, every cruise ship rape lawyer knows that this number does not accurately represent the full extent of the problem.
The Short Answer Is Yes
Although rape and sexual assault are indeed very real concerns aboard cruises, you should know that there are steps you can take to improve your odds of not becoming a victim of them. In most cases, following these steps should keep your and your traveling companions out of harm’s way.
A few top tips for reducing your risk of rape or sexual assault aboard cruises include; staying alert to your surroundings, avoiding isolated areas of the ship, remaining in groups, being mindful of your drinks, and exercising good judgment when it comes to whom you befriend at sea. Although no one ever considers that a new acquaintance may have sinister motives, it is important to remember that just because you are on vacation does not mean that crimes cannot take place.
Protect Yourself, Protect Your Children
As important as it is to be mindful of your own safety, it is doubly important to be aware of the safety of your kids. Unfortunately, many of the victims of rape and sexual assault aboard cruises are minors. As a parent or a chaperone, it is important to speak with your younger traveling companions about general safety tips. We also recommend setting up regular check-in times throughout the day, so you will be able to keep an eye on your child’s behavior and mood, and notice if anything that appears out of the norm for them.
LMAW Can Help
What many victims of cruise ship rape and sexual assault do not realize is that the perpetrator of their crime, and in many cases, the cruise line, can be held responsible. Although it is very difficult for most victims to speak up after a traumatic incident such as a rape or sexual assault occurs, this is a crucial step towards helping yourself get out of the victim mode and start working towards closure so that you can begin to move forward. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have helped our clients handle cases against many major cruise lines, including, Costa Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and more.
Therefore, if you have questions about your legal situation and are ready for experienced guidance from our team, we are ready to take your case. Do not hesitate to contact us. Once you do, you will be taking a pivotal step forward on the road to healing and resolution.