Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault: What to Do If You Are a Victim

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Cruise vacations for most are a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Considering all there is to do on board modern Cruise Ship’s, it makes sense that passengers will want to get the most out of each day, taking advantage of every opportunity offered them. Most cruisers go on cruises with only the best of intentions, however there are times when this is not the case.

Unfortunately, cruise ship rape and sexual assault are the two most commonly reported crimes at sea. Despite being the most highly reported, we know that there are still many of these cases that go undocumented. Thus, the number of true incidents is almost certainly much higher than what the public knows.

That said, the risk of rape and sexual assault at sea should not prevent you from going on your trip. Instead, it should prompt you to take safety precautions to increase your odds of staying out of harm’s way. However, if you nonetheless become a victim of one or both of these crimes, we want you to know what to do after the event. Here are the basics.

Preserve the Evidence

In the moments after the crime, the most important thing you can do is to take photographs of the crime scene and go immediately to the ship’s onboard medical facilities. It is important to do this before changing your clothes, taking a shower, or even washing your hands, as any of these could destroy important evidence that would be helpful your case later. To serve cruise passengers in distress, we have created an app to help you keep your evidence in one easy to access location.

Report the Crime

Although it may seem like an obvious suggestion, it is crucial that you report the crime as soon as possible to the ship’s security, as well as the FBI. Although the ship will likely tell you they will contact the FBI themselves, you should also contact the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. to ensure that your case is in fact reported.

Secure a Trusted Legal Team

It is important to remember that rape and sexual assault are crimes that can be punishable by law. As a result, you will want to find a trusted legal team to help you achieve the resolution you deserve. Although no legal decision will ever undo the harm done to you, it can, at the very least, begin to offer closure so that you can move forward with your life.

The team at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has extensive experience helping victims of rape and sexual assault. We know the array of complex emotions you may be feeling in the wake of this event, and we vow to stay by your side until justice to the end of your case.  Therefore, if you need and are ready to speak with a cruise ship rape lawyer, do not hesitate to contact us.