Rape and Sexual Assault: What Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

When you set out on a cruise vacation, the last thing you are expecting is to suffer of an injury or accident or to become the victim of rape, or sexual assault. Unfortunately, however, these two crimes – rape and sexual assault are the most commonly reported incidents to take place on a Cruise. The reality is that, despite image portrayed by all in the Industry that a cruise is an idyllic escape from everyday life, the probability of accidents, injuries, rape and sexual assault taking place is very real.

At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have had years of experience representing individuals–both passengers and crewmembers–who have been injured or violated on cruise ships. Therefore, we know exactly what our clients face. The wide variety of actual cases handled by this firm demonstrate not only our ability to help clients navigate these tricky legal waters, but also our success in becoming a supportive and trusted voice during a time of emotional turmoil.

As a result, we have put together a few recommendations for increasing your personal safety. These are issues to keep in mind before you next set sail, that the cruise lines probably will not tell you.

Read the Fine Print

Before you sail it is important to know what your cruise contract can offer you and what the on board medical facilities can provide.  Although it is not a glamorous suggestion, we advise everyone to spend the necessary time reading the fine print for the offered trip medical insurance plan and ask any questions you may have. If you suffer an accident or injury or become the victim of a rape or sexual assault abroad, you will need to know what access you have to medical treatment. .

Additionally, you should read the fine print on your ticket, so that you know how much time you have to report what happened to you and to act on it. Suing a cruise line is not easy; there are legal issues that are technical and can make the difference between being able to seek compensation and not being able to do so. Because of this, peaking with a cruise ship rape lawyer or an experienced Maritime Personal Injury lawyer with a proven record of accomplishment is important.

Keep Your Eyes Open

No cruise company ever intends for its passengers or crewmembers to become to suffer an injury or to become the victims of rape or sexual assault. However, just because they do not want for it to happen does not mean that it does not happen. The unfortunate reality is that cruise lines have historically not been as transparent about the facts of these crimes as they should have been. In the past, it has been difficult for individuals to access accurate statistics regarding the number of rape and sexual assaults taking place aboard cruises or the prior accidents suffered by others for the same negligent acts of the Line.

This means that it truly is up to every person to be aware of his or her own personal safety. Of course, this does not mean that you should not have fun, but you should be mindful as you do so. When individuals explore in groups rather than alone and monitor their alcohol consumption, they are already off to a good start in staying out of harm’s way.

However, we know that sometimes even the most vigilant can become a victim, and if that happens, you can rest assured that LMAW, PA is here to help. Our team has the breadth and depth of experience to help you successfully navigate your case, regardless of the complexities involved. When you turn to us, you can rest assured that we will stand by your side until the end.

So if you need us, do not hesitate to contact us.