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Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Abuse

On board any major cruise ship, fun for the whole family abounds. Pools galore, water slides, and parties every night. But behind all that fun lies a danger that most cruise passengers do not really think about–sexual assault. Rape and sexual assaults are the dominant threat to women and minors on the high seas, with the majority of such attacks occurring on cruise ships. Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers find that sexual assault is the leading crime reported to and investigated by the FBI, and at least 150 sexual assaults have occurred in cruise ships in the past four years. Many suspect the actual figure is far larger, as the lack of reporting of crimes that occur at sea has been under much criticism as of late. Miami is cited as one of the ports to see the largest number of sexual assault cases due to its sheer volume of departing and arriving cruises.

One 28 year old woman was raped aboard a Carnival cruise last year. She stated that two Carnival crew members held her down in their cabin and raped her repeatedly. After she ran to inform security, their first act was to administer a Breathalyzer. The crew members claim the sex was consensual, and though the woman admits she had a few drinks, she vehemently told security she had been violently raped and thought she might be killed.

As a result of the ordeal, the woman filed suit against Carnival and the cruise line responded with what has become standard for the industry–they denied any wrongdoing and claimed they took all appropriate measures to handle the situation. Unfortunately, the woman has become one of many sexual assault victims terrorized aboard a cruise ship at the hands of crew staff, and then further mistreated by the cruise employees who seem to offer little medical, psychological, and investigative assistance following an attack.

The exact number of sexual assaults that occur on cruises is hard to determine because, though the cruise is expected to report the crime to the FBI, this information is not made public. Accordingly, it is impossible for passengers or third parties to confirm whether each individual instance of sexual assault, including their own, has been fully and properly recorded.

Tristin and other sexual assault victim’s troubling stories of cruise attacks highlight the need for greater transparency concerning crimes that occur on cruises. They also demonstrate a grave need for training among crew members as to how to properly assist a sexual assault victim. Anyone who has been attacked while on a cruise ship should contact a licensed cruise ship attorney as soon as possible to protect their legal rights.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Seeking Justice for Cruise Passengers Who Become the Victims of Sexual Assault

The rate of sexual assault aboard cruise ships is alarming, and the cruise line industry’s general lack of training on how to handle such attacks is appalling. If you have been sexually assaults while aboard a cruise ship, call the South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have zealously fought for the recovery of our cruise ship accident clients. Our unmatched dedication to our clients and the legal arena has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.

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