In March, the Florida Record reported on the case of a woman who is suing Carnival Cruise Line, after her daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted on one of the company’s ships. The girl’s ordeal can serve as a valuable lesson for others who may find themselves in a similar situation.
According to the article, the victim’s mother filed the suit on February 20th, alleging that her daughter had been sexually assaulted a year earlier while sailing on the Carnival Fantasy. The girl was allegedly approached by a male stranger, who pulled her into a secluded area and sexually assaulted her while kissing and touching her inappropriately.
The victim’s ordeal can serve as a lesson for others, of what to do after a sexual assault. Inform your children that if they are ever sexually assaulted or raped aboard a cruise ship, to:
- Immediately find a cruise ship official and inform him of what happened. If their injuries are serious they should go immediately to seek medical attention, and the infirmary will contact you.
- Demand that the infirmary perform a rape kit before the victim takes a shower or washes
- Collect photographic or video evidence of the scene of the incident, the victim’s injuries, and any other pertinent evidence.
- Save physical evidence such as torn and stained clothing.
- Contact the FBI and report your case. Do not allow the cruise company to speak on your behalf.
- Collect statements from witnesses to any aspect of the event, as well as their names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
- Seek counseling when you get back to shore.