Explanation of the Steps to Take after Cruise Ship Sexual Assault or Rape

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After suffering from a cruise ship rape or sexual assault, victims are often left frightened and confused. Many people simply don’t know what to do next, and for that reason withdrawn to themselves.

Below we offer a list of the steps you should take after suffering cruise ship sexual assault or rape. By following the steps on this list, you will best ensure that you get appropriate treatment as quickly as possible, and prepare yourself to deal with the potentially long-term effects psychological effects of your ordeal.

  1. Before taking a shower or using the restroom, report the incident to the ships infirmary and demand a rape kit exam. The rape kit exam is especially important as it is designed to help collect physical and forensic evidence relating to the assault. This evidence could be crucial in proving the facts of the case later on.
  1. The FBI should be notified of every case of cruise ship sexual assault and rape. Though cruise ship telephone calls can be expensive, you will not be billed for your call to report your case to the FBI. Contact the FBI while you are still on the ship. Do not wait until you get back to shore. The ship’s officers are supposed to facilitate this communication, but you should not allow them to speak to the FBI on your behalf. This is because the cruise line personnel will give a biased, sometimes inaccurate description. Remember to talk to the FBI yourself.
  1. Do not rely on cruise ship security personnel to collect evidence on your behalf. Instead, take photos and preserve evidence relating to your assault. The kind of evidence which could be important includes:
    1. Items of clothing which you war during the attack
    2. Any sheets or linens which may have been involved in the attack
    3. any other physical evidence, such as weapons or other items left behind after the attack
  1. Get the names, street addresses, email addresses, and cell numbers of all witnesses to all aspects of what happened. If possible, have witnesses provide you with a videotaped, audio, or written statement of what they saw.
  1. Get counseling when you get off the ship. Being raped or sexually assaulted is a traumatic experience. Many victims suffer from long lasting physical and psychological scars. Be sure to get expert help when you get back home, in order to best ensure your long term chances for recuperation.