On August 2014, the Orlando Sentinel published an article in which a Disney Cruises crew member, 37-year-old Ahmed Sofyan, was accused of molesting a teenage guest while aboard the ship. Now, the incident has been cited by a popular website as evidence of a larger sex abuse problem affecting the company.
In an article entitled “The Dark Sexual Assault Allegations That Have Tainted the Walt Disney Company” the website Cheatsheet.com discusses various sex assault allegations that have been leveled against employees of Disney in recent years. The allegations against the company’s employees have included an executive and numerous lower level employees.
The CheatSheet article tends to give the impression that there may be a serious problem at Disney. Whether this is true or not, there is definitely a serious problem with cruise ship sexual assault in general. Sexual assault is the most often reported crime aboard cruise ships, being far more prevalent than even theft.
Interestingly enough, the CheatSheet article didn’t even mention all of the recent cases of Disney Cruises crew members sexual assault. For example, in 2013 a crew member was caught on surveillance camera kissing an underage teen girl on the mouth in an elevator. Disney was accused of covering up that incident, as the company purposefully waited until the ship was in international waters before reporting it.