The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act Helps Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault

When you set out on a cruise vacation, it is likely that you are looking forward to a few days of respite from the chaos of your daily life. After all, many people assume that a cruise vacation is inherently immune from the potential for crime. While true that many cruises do go off without any interruption or difficulty, it is important to remember that a crime can take place wherever you are.

Two of the most common crimes that take place at sea are rape and sexual assault. In the past, it was difficult for concerned passengers to obtain the information necessary to understand the reality of the situation. However, thanks to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, statistics are becoming somewhat easier to access.

What is the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010?

Signed into law in 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act mandates all cruise ship operators report all incidents of rape, sexual assault and violent crimes to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The law further requires safety measures to be in place aboard cruise ships, such as room key access logs, video surveillance, and rape kits be available to preserve the evidence of a rape for those who fall victim to this crime while at sea.

Before this law went into place, cruise companies often avoided disclosure of these crimes. This created a serious lack of knowledge and an insurmountable challenge for victims who did attempt to hold their cruise line responsible for these tragic and life-changing events.

Cruise Lines Can Be Held Liable

Now, seven years later, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act is still an important part of holding the appropriate parties responsible for the crimes that take place. Although navigating the legal system can still be a challenge, with the right cruise ship rape lawyer on your side, it is possible to get the justice you deserve. Cruise lines can be held accountable for the actions of their employees and other passengers who commit these crimes. Therefore, if you suffer a crime on a cruise, be sure to timely report it and document what happened as thoroughly as you are able to.

At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have experience with a variety of cruise ship rape and sexual assault cases. We know exactly how the cruise operators attempt to place blame on the victim, or fail to properly assist the victim or prosecute the perpetrator. However even today, unfortunately, some cruise line prefers to keep quiet and brush the truth under the rug, for fear of what the bad publicity could do to their name and to avoid having to compensate the victim, so should you become contact the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security yourself. Do not just rely on the line to do it for you.

LMAW Is Prepared to Take Your Case

LMAW, PA refuses to allow crimes to go unpunished. Given our breadth and depth of knowledge, we pledge to fight for you at every available opportunity to the full extent of all applicable laws.

Therefore, if you are the victim of a rape, sexual assault, or any other crime while on a cruise, our team is here to help. When you are ready to take the next step with your case, placing it in the hands of a legal team you can trust, do not hesitate to contact us.