- There are dozens of rapes and sexual assaults aboard cruise ships every year.
- Cruise companies have been accused of being unhelpful to passengers who have reported that they have been sexually assaulted or raped.
- This blog lists steps to take if you are ever sexually assaulted at sea.
Rapes and sexual assaults aboard cruise ships occur dozens of times per year. Until recently no one would have known this fact, at least not officially. This is because for years cruise companies were allowed to report cruise ship crimes in such a way as to minimize the apparent incidence of crimes at sea. But recent changes in federal guidelines relating to the cruise ship crime reporting has shed new light on just how dangerous it is to travel by cruise ship.
Many past cruise passengers who suffered from rape and sexual assault at sea complained that they were not given the respect or assistance they deserved from the cruise companies with which they sailed. They report that the cruise companies, at times, failed to perform rape kits, and sometimes even failed to apprehend the accused perpetrators. In fact, cruise companies have been documented letting sexual predators walk free.
If you are ever the victim of a cruise ship sexual assault or rape, here are some steps you should take in order to ensure that you receive the medical treatment you need, and that your victimizer is brought to justice:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. Insist that a rape kit be performed.
- Report the incident to the cruise ship authorities and insist that they contact the FBI.
- Write out, or otherwise record, a description of the incident.
- Record and save all evidence relating to the incident.
- When you are contacted by the FBI, give a full accounting of the details of the incident. Be sure to record the FBI agent’s name and contact information.
- Contact an attorney, explain your situation, and put your attorney in touch with the FBI agent assigned to your case.