Cruise ships are the sites of dozens of sexual assaults per year. Because there are inaccurate records about cruise ship crimes including rapes and sexual assaults, the actual incidence of sexual assaults could very well be in the hundreds or thousands per year. But because it can be difficult to imagine exactly how a cruise ship sexual assault could happen, below we take a look at a recent case.
A former waiter on the cruise ship Costa Fascinosa was recently sentenced to spend 10 months in jail due to an incident in October 2013 in which he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old passenger. The waiter, Floriano Fernandes, reportedly entered the victim’s stateroom and began touching her inappropriately. He then attempted to rape her, but she was able to fight him off.
Tellingly, though the incident was reported to ship authorities, and the ship’s captain was alerted to the matter, he reportedly turned in his cruise report to the Coast Guard signaling that there had been no notable event during the trip. The captain was also put on trial for attempting to cover up the crime, but was acquitted.
Cruise ship sexual assaults are likely far more common than many would guess. Though the majority of cruise ship sexual assaults are perpetrated by crew members, fellow passengers also perpetrate the crimes at relatively high proportions. What’s interesting about this case is that the cruise captain was put on trial. There have been other instances in which cruise companies have blatantly impeded authorities’ ability to investigate onboard sexual assault, but there has been no report of charges having been filed as a result.
If you, or your loved one, have been sexually assaulted or raped aboard a cruise ship, you may be entitled to significant compensation. We can help you fight for the monetary damages you will need to begin to put your life back together. Call us at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. today to discuss your case and your legal options.