Back on September 4, we reported on the attempted sexual assault of a cruise ship passenger. Now cayCompass.com is reporting that it appears as though Shawn Mourao, 43, the man accused of attempting to sexually assault the cruise ship passenger, may be on the run. According to the report, Mourao breached his bail conditions, and his whereabouts were still unknown as of October 21.
“His trial date is still [October] 28,” a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokesperson confirmed with cayCompass.com on October 18. “If he doesn’t show up, a warrant will be issued.”
The attack happened on July 27, 2012 in George Town. Mourao, a South African citizen who is a resident of the Cayman Islands, attempted to sexually assault a New Jersey woman who was on a seven-day “Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise”. Mourao was the tour boat captain for a “beach party and snorkeling shore excursion” that the woman took part in while the cruise ship was in Grand Cayman.
After the excursion ended and the tour boat returned to Grand Cayman, the woman asked Mourao where the nearest restroom was, and he led her to a small room in a shopping center near the waterfront, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman. There, he attempted to rape her, but she was able to escape.
Mourao is facing both a criminal lawsuit and a lawsuit seeking a monetary award for damages in connection with the alleged assault. The latter suit is seeking $2 million in damages from Mourao and the tour company that employed him at the time of the incident, Cayman Style Ocean Adventures.
What this woman went through should not have happened. However, the reality is it happens much more often than you might think. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
With more than three decades of experience fighting for the rights of cruise ship assault victims, our Miami cruise ship lawyers want you to know you are not alone. There are laws in place to protect the rights of victims of sexual assault, both on land and sea, and we know how to use them to help bring your assailant to justice and recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
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Did You Know?: 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.