Cruise ships often travel between various countries and in open international waters. In light of this fact, parents of teenaged children may wonder what the law says about the age of consent and cruise ship travel. Over the years We have covered many cases of cruise ship sexual assault involving teens and children on this blog, but this is one topic that we have rarely written about explicitly.
According to Florida law, when an adult has sex with a minor under 16 years of age, the act is considered statutory rape. Many cruise ship crew members come from cultures where men may have sex with underaged individuals, and even though this is not legal in most nations of the world, it may be tolerated. But despite cultural factors, all cruise ship crew members are adults and are responsible for their actions. Moreover, cruise companies are responsible for ensuring that their employees know the law and don’t pose a risk to passengers.
Due to the cruise lines’ responsibilities, they are often times found liable when their employees commit sexual assaults and rapes while onboard the ships and while on excursion.
Here are the steps we list on our website that you should follow if you, or your loved one, are ever the victim of a cruise ship rape or sexual assault:
- Find a safe place
- Contact the proper authorities (Cruise Directors, Captains or other authoritative figures)
- Call a friend, family member or someone you trust
- Do not shower, bathe or wash your hands until after a medical examination
- Seek medical attention
- Preserve all evidence in a paper bag
- Write down as much as you can remember about the incident (who, what, when, where, why and how)
- Talk with a counselor
- Contact the statutory rape attorneys at Hickey Law Firm