When you and your family embark on a cruise for vacation, you set expectations to have a fun, safe time. You don't anticipate horrible incidents such as rape or sexual assault.
Unfortunately, these violent crimes can happen anywhere, including while on a cruise. That's where the attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help. We understand how traumatic this can be. Together, we will fight aggressively to hold the offender accountable and to ensure that this deplorable incident doesn’t happen again.
If you're in the Miami area and would like to discuss your rape case with our lawyers, give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your initial consultation.
What is Statutory Rape?
Statutory rape is defined as any sexual act with a minor, regardless of consent. According to Florida law, a minor is considered any child under the age of 16. Sadly, crewmembers on board cruise ships sometimes take advantage of children, with sexual assault being the result.
In such instances, these crewmembers can be charged with statutory rape or statutory sexual assault for having relations with a minor.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Not only can the crewmember that caused harm be held liable, but the cruise lines can also be held responsible.
Under Florida law, cruise lines are often vicariously liable for the intentional wrongful acts of their crewmembers. This includes any acts done within the scope of employment.
In other words, because crewmembers are employed by the cruise lines when they engage in sexual relations with minor passengers, the individual cruise line can also, in some cases, be held liable for rape and sexual assault committed by that employee.
Statutory rape and sexual assault are serious offenses. Our attorneys take these cases very seriously. We will fight tirelessly until you, your child and your family find justice.
Steps to Take After You've Become a Victim
Being the victim of rape or sexual assault of any kind is traumatizing. To help you through this difficult time, follow these steps to ensure your safety:
- 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 any and 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
Gathering as much information as possible can help build a case that clearly supports your allegations against the crewmember. This can also potentially help hold the cruise line accountable for implementing poor hiring practices that brought the employee in question on board in the first place.
How Hickey Law Firm Can Help
Working with our dedicated team, we will help navigate you through the legal intricacies of maritime law to ensure that the crewmember that harmed you or your loved one is held accountable for these horrible actions. We will fight to make sure this type of accident never happens again.
If your child is a victim of statutory rape, we are here to help. Not only will we build your case, but we will also make sure you find the proper resources to heal emotionally, physically and mentally from this traumatic event.
To schedule your initial consultation, give our office a call at (855) 757-4200. We are proud to serve clients in Miami, South Florida and areas all around the globe.