How to Report a Cruise Ship Rape or Sexual Assault

Although most cruises do go off without any unplanned events, the truth is that accident and injury can take place when you least expect it–even at sea. At the top of the list of common cruise ship crimes are rape and sexual assault. Therefore, it is important for all cruise passengers to understand the process for reporting rape or sexual assault should either of those incidents occur while you are on your vacation. As a maritime law firm experienced in handling a variety of rape and sexual assault cases, we can safely explain exactly what you need to know. Here are a few tips to remember:

Report the Incident

Although this may be the last thing on your mind, it is of the utmost importance to report the incident as soon as possible. Victims should notify cruise security, as well as the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard. The cruise line may offer to notify the FBI and Coast Guard for you. However, you do not have to rely upon them and should feel confident knowing that you have every right to notify the authorities yourself.

We understand that, for many passengers, speaking about the incident may be an emotionally triggering experience. However, in order to create the strongest legal case in your defense, it is important to ensure that you have notified the necessary parties as soon as possible.

Preserve the Evidence

Another key element of the reporting process is to preserve the evidence. This means that you should visit the cruise’s infirmary for a medical exam, so that the medical professional can document any physical signs of harm, before you change clothes or take a shower.

Victims should also photograph the scene of the crime and take notes about the incidents, as they occurred, directly before the attack. We understand that documentation may be challenging, depending on your level of clarity in the wake of the attack. To help make the documentation process simple, our firm has created the Cruise Ship Lawyer App, which makes it convenient to keep all of your photos and notes in one place. It also makes it easier than ever to contact us, no matter where you are in the world.

Contact a Trusted Lawyer

When facing a legal burden related to rape and sexual assault, it is important to have a skilled cruise ship rape and sexual assault lawyer on your side. Many individuals do not realize that the perpetrator of their crime can be held responsible for their actions. That is why we are here, to help provide closure for victims and hopefully prevent more of the same incidents from happening in the future.

Our firm has handled countless cases for clients in the aftermath of one of these devastating experiences. This means, we know what you are up against and we know exactly how to help. There is no need to face your legal burden on your own. Let us ease your worries, navigate the complexities of the law, and help you receive the resolution you deserve. When you are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.