Tips to Keep Your Teen Safe From Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assault

For many families, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time together, away from the chaos of everyday life. Given the fact that many cruise lines sell their vacations as experiences of a lifetime that the whole family can enjoy, it only makes sense for passengers to embark onboard a cruise vessel with feelings of relaxation and security. Unfortunately, a false sense of security aboard a cruise ship lends itself to the most heinous of crimes – all too common aboard ships.

Cruise ship rape and sexual assault are the two highest reported crimes at sea. What’s more, a recent investigation from NBC illuminated the painful reality that minors are the most common victims of these traumatizing crimes. Unfortunately, the cruise lines won’t tell you this or warn you of the prevalence of sexual assaults aboard cruise vessels and how to avoid them.  So if you are wondering how to keep your teen safe before you set off on your cruise vacation, here is what we recommend:

Make Sure Your Teen Abides By the Law

Often, when on a cruise, minors will attempt to purchase alcohol or befriend adults who are able to purchase alcohol for them. This is problematic for several reasons, but the reason which you should be most concerned is that this means your teen could be under the influence and unable to make sound judgment. Also, we have seen many instances where adults slip “date rape” drugs into drinks before giving them to minors on the ship. Therefore, it is extremely important to relay these dangers to your teens before letting them go off aboard the ship.  Ensuring that your teen remains sober and aware is the first step to keeping them out of harm’s way.

Stay Together or Establish Frequent Check-Ins

Although a cruise can seem like a safe place to let your teen roam free, you must keep in mind that crimes can and do still take place at sea. Our foremost recommendation is not to allow your teen to roam the ship without you. However, if you and your teen feel comfortable with separating for certain times during the cruise, it is a good idea to establish routine check-ins during the day. This will allow you to reconnect and communicate about how the day is going. Seeing your teen in person, even if they do not explain everything that has happened, allows you to better assess their current state. Often, the words that are not spoken, speak the loudest.

Know Where to Turn

In the tragic event that something does happen to your teen, you should be familiar with cruise security and know who to turn to in order to report a crime. Additionally, we recommend that individuals report the crime to the FBI on their own, instead of waiting for the cruise line to do so. This way, you will know that your needs are being met.

Let LMAW Take Your Case

The reality is that rape and sexual assault are still possible, even despite your best efforts. However, in the unfortunate event that something does occur, you can rest assured that Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help.

Every cruise ship rape lawyer on our team has experience helping clients navigate a wide range of cruise ship rape and sexual assault cases. So we understand what you are facing and we vow to stay by your side until you get the results you deserve. So when you are ready to face your legal battle head on, do not hesitate to contact us.