Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault Facts You Should Know

Shockingly, passengers and crew members can become victims of rape and sexual assault at sea, more frequently, statistically, than individuals are raped or sexually assaulted on land. As it turns out, the most commonly occurring crimes aboard cruise ships are rape and sexual assault.

Because the risk of rape and sexual assault on cruises is a very real one, it is something you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you set out on a cruise. In order to help keep you and your loved ones safe, we’ve compiled a few cruise ship rape and sexual assault facts that you should know.

Not All Crimes Are Reported

Because of the traumatic nature of rape or sexual assault, we have found that many victims choose not to speak out and report the crime. We know it takes a lot of courage to speak out about incidents of rape and sexual assault when you are a victim.  Nevertheless, we always encourage individuals to alert the proper authorities so that the assailant can be held responsible for their actions and the cruise industry can be made aware of the issues so that improvements to security and other policies and procedures can be implemented. Although engaging in a legal battle may seem overwhelming, the right cruise ship rape lawyer can help ease some of your stress and worry.

Not All Alleged Perpetrators Are Prosecuted

Many people assume that since a crime is reported, the alleged perpetrator will be prosecuted for their behavior. Sadly, this is often the case. In the past, one major cruise line documented 173 reports of sexual assault over a five year period. Shockingly, not one of those individuals was ever prosecuted for their crime. This discrepancy in obtaining justice for victims is exactly why we pledge to fight for our clients, every step of the way.

Honest Statistics Are Hard to Find

Due to the fact that the cruise industry would like the public to believe that crime rates are lower at sea than they are on land, it can be difficult to find accurate data, especially regarding rates of rape and sexual assault. After all, it is not in any cruise line’s best interest to provide honest information about safety, as revealing the truth could harm their bottom line. However, as a passenger or crew member, you deserve only the safest conditions on your cruise. Although there is a growing push for greater transparency from the industry, there is still a long way to go before we can trust that the reported numbers represent what actually takes place at sea.

Our Firm Has Experience Handling Rape and Sexual Assault Cases

At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we are proud to have successfully handled a wide range of rape and sexual assault cases for our clients. The lawyers on our team frequently appear on national television as industry experts for cruise travel and safety. Given our history of success and our reputation as a trusted legal source, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands at our firm.

So if you have questions about your legal situation and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.