What to do After a Cruise Ship Rape or Sexual Assault

When you set out on a cruise vacation, you are likely looking forward to a few days away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. These days, cruises offer a luxury experience both at sea and in the places, you visit on land.  For many, they become a once-in-a-lifetime memory. Therefore, it only makes sense that you would want your vacation to go off without a hitch.

Although most cruises arrive and depart without issue, accidents, and injuries do occur. However, more troubling is the fact that unfortunately, cruise ship rape and sexual assault are the most common crimes to take place. Despite the fact that a ship can hold thousands of people at once, there are still areas on every ship that are less frequented and more likely to provide the perfect opportunity for a predator to take advantage of another crew member or a passenger.

If you have been the victim of a rape or sexual assault while on a cruise, you should know that we are here to help. Our team has experience with a wide range of cruise ship rape and sexual assault cases. This is why we are sharing the steps all victims should take after a cruise ship rape or sexual assault.

Report the Crime ASAP

We understand that you may be feeling a number of conflicting and overwhelming emotions after experiencing a rape or sexual assault. However, the most important thing you can do from a legal standpoint is to make sure you report the event to the cruise authorities as soon as possible. You should also take it upon yourself to report the incident to the FBI. Although the cruise line may offer to do this for you, you should not rely upon them to do so.

Visit the Ship’s Infirmary

Before washing, your hands, changing your clothes, or doing anything else, visit the ship’s infirmary. The medical professionals on board can treat any injuries that you may have sustained and may be able to gather crucial evidence for your case. Ask them to do a rape kit.

Document the Scene of the Crime

Once you have reported the crime and been to the ship’s medical center to report your case and obtain a physical examination, then go back and document the scene of the crime. Taking pictures of the crime scene, writing notes about what took place, and collecting the names of anyone involved in the event—especially potential witnesses—will help you build a strong legal case in the future. Although this may be the last thing you want to do, we can assure you that it will make your situation easier in the future.

After assisting countless clients pursue their cruise ship rape or sexual assault cases, every cruise ship rape lawyer on our team can attest to the fact that the more evidence you have, the better your legal situation will be. In order to aid individuals and their families after an assault, we have also created a smartphone application. This app’s design to helps victims store information about their case in one convenient location.

We hope you never need to contact us. However, if you do, our legal team is ready to guide you from beginning to end, and do everything we can to bring you justice.