Each cruise ship sexual assault lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. knows that unwanted sexual acts and crimes occur onboard vessels more often than anyone can imagine. Recently, however, a sexual crime took place near the docks in Juneau, Alaska. A 37-year-old woman reported a sexual assault incident that took place on Saturday in the woods near the downtown Juneau cruise ship docks. The victim, whose name has yet to be revealed, was transported to the Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was able to identify her assailant as 21-year-old Kevin Arnold Slats, also a Juneau resident, with whom she had previously been acquainted with. Slats was found by police near the scene of the assault and was interviewed regarding the incident.
Police then issued a search warrant and Slats was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for the purpose of gathering evidence in relation to the crime, while Juneau Police Department officers investigated the alleged sexual assault scene. A few hours later, Slats was arrested and charged with sexual assault in the First Degree, a felony crime. He was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and is being held without bail.
The victim and Slats knew each other prior to the sexual harassment, but it is unclear if they were friends. According to police, alcohol appears to have been a factor in this incident and investigators are continuing to examine the crime.
While this terrible crime occurred near the Juneau cruise ship docks, an unbelievable amount of sexual harassment and assault incidents occur onboard the vessels themselves. Sexual crimes, including groping and rape, are the number one crimes onboard cruise ships. Assailants can be both passengers and crewmembers, so potential travelers are always warned to stay within a group at all times and always carry a cell phone, Walkie Talkie or other communication device to stay in contact with loved ones.
When a sexual crime does occur, it is imperative for victims to seek help immediately with a cruise rape lawyer. Documenting the incident onboard the vessel is crucial, but investigations can take months to finalize. Sometimes, the assailants disembark the ship while it is calling on a port, and the victim is never able to obtain justice for their pain and suffering. Seeking the help of an attorney exponentially increases the chances that victims may obtain compensation for the incident and that those responsible might be brought to justice.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has been representing passengers and crew injured on ships since 1971. We have significant experience representing cruise ship sexual assault victims. If you were the victim of a sexual assault or rape on a cruise ship or other vessel, let us put our experience to work for you. Contact us for a confidential consultation.
PHOTO CREDIT: Alaska.com