When passengers board a cruise line, the last thing on their minds is whether tragedy will strike or not. Cruise vacations are intended to be fun and relaxing, but unfortunately, more accidents at sea take place than can be imagined.
Not all cruise ship accidents are reported to authorities, nor do all victims seek help. Sometimes it can take months for an investigation to even commence, leaving plenty of time for those responsible to flee.
Anytime an accident takes place while on a cruise ship, victims have a right to seek legal help, especially when the incident involves a violent attack. While some might believe slip and fall accidents or theft are more prevalent, in reality, the number one cruise ship crime is sexual assault.
Whether the incident involved unwanted touching or groping or a rape, it is important for victims to know that they have a right to turn to a cruise ship sexual assault lawyer for assistance in protecting their rights and filing a case against their assailant and the cruise line. Because lines are responsible for ensuring the safety of all onboard, they may be held at least partially responsible for the sexual crimes, especially if the assailant was a crewmember.
Although not all sexual harassment and assault offenders are brought to justice, two cruise ship employees are about to be judged for their alleged involvement in a sex crime while onboard their ship.
The defendants, who are employed on a Bermuda-registered cruise ship, appeared in Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and are facing serious sex assault charges. The workers, two European men, ages 26 and 27, were charged with sexually assaulting a woman on the Princes Cruises vessel, Grand Princess, on January 12.
The crewmembers’ names have not yet been released for legal reasons. The alleged Grand Princess ship sexual assault victim was also an employee of the vessel.
Magistrate Juan Wolffe gave the defendants $5,000 bail each and ordered they surrender their travel documents, report to the Hamilton Police Station on Monday and Friday, have no contact with the victim, and were also ordered to remain on the island.
The case was adjourned and the men are scheduled to appear in court again next month.
The victim may be able to seek damages for her pain and suffering, both from her alleged attackers and Princes Cruises for their negligence in providing for her safety onboard, with the help of a cruise ship sexual assault lawyer, such as the attorneys at our firm, Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
Our lawyers just how devastating it can be to suffer at the hands of a sexual offender, which is why we work diligently to obtain justice for victims as well as money damages for their tragic assault. If you or someone you know was the victim of a sex crime on the high seas, turn to us for assistance today in filing a case and protecting your rights.
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