Cruise Lines Still Have a Mixed Record Relating to Preventing Onboard Rape and Sexual Assault

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  • Cruise companies have taken some modest steps to help prevent sexual assault and rape, but more must be done.
  • A recent example saw authorities aboard a Disney cruise ship seemingly purposefully protect an employee who was caught on video molesting a minor girl.
  • Instead of turning him in to authorities, the company chose to return him to his home country.

We have been blogging about cruise ship sexual assault and rape for years. The issue is an ongoing problem which has not been adequately addressed by cruise companies. In fact, despite making some modest changes, meant to help reduce cruise ship rape, many cruise companies have sent mixed signals as to their willingness to help bring an end to such crimes.

Perhaps one of the most frustrating examples of a cruise line not doing enough to help prevent cruise ship rape and sexual assault occurred in 2014 when a Disney Cruises worker was caught on surveillance video kissing and fondling a minor girl. The child immediately told her guardians about the incident, and they went to cruise ship officials.

At the time of the incident, and its reporting to cruise ship officials, the ship was in Florida territorial waters. If the cruise ship’s authorities had reported the crime to Florida law enforcement, as should have been done, Florida police would have taken the case. Instead, the cruise line waited until the ship had left Florida waters to report the situation to law enforcement.

The perpetrator of the incident was later taken back to his home country and released, after allegedly being fired. He was never arrested.

As can be seen in the example above, cruise lines still have a ways to go before they can be truly declared to have their passenger’s best interests as their foremost concern.