Lessons Learned from Cruise Victim's Ordeal

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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:

  1.  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.
  2. Demand that the infirmary perform a rape kit before the victim takes a shower or washes
  3. Collect photographic or video evidence of the scene of the incident, the victim’s injuries, and any other pertinent evidence.
  4. Save physical evidence such as torn and stained clothing.
  5. Contact the FBI and report your case. Do not allow the cruise company to speak on your behalf.
  6. Collect statements from witnesses to any aspect of the event, as well as their names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
  7. Seek counseling when you get back to shore.