Have you or a loved one been attacked, molested or raped on board a ship during an ocean cruise?
If yes, you need to contact an attorney now.
There have been many instances where cruise passengers have been assaulted and/or raped by a member of the crew. Most of the sexual assault cases have involved attacks by passengers against other passengers and crewmembers.
If you have been a victim of sexual assaults, forcible sexual intercourse situations and statutory rape cases, you should contact an attorney now.
Tragically, sexual assault and rape occur far too frequently on cruise ships and other vessels. You need to know that you can bring a claim against the cruise company or your employee.
Claims for sexual assault aboard ships at sea are in most cases governed by federal maritime law. The ship owner and the employer of crewmen have a duty to protect their passengers and crewmen from sexual assault while aboard the ship.This duty includes taking security measures and precautions to protect passengers and crew members from sexual assault and rape.
If you have suffered one of these injuries as the result of another person’s or cruise line’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us now to see how we can help you.
What to do if you are raped, sexually assaulted, or sexually molested on a cruise ship
- If you were molested on a cruise ship, you should contact security immediately.
- If you were a victim of sexual assault on a cruise ship you should not eat, drink, shower, or even change your clothing before being examined by the ships doctor. Ask the physician to give you a blood test. All evidence needs to be reported and properly logged. Ask the physician for a copy of his findings.
- Ask that the crime scene be taped off or sealed off from other passengers and crew members until law enforcement can exam the area.
- Take pictures of the crime scene as soon as possible after the attack to have evidence that may be cleared away before law enforcement arrives.
- Any items that are touched in the crime scene should be handled with gloves.
- Booties should also be worn to protect evidence that may be on the floor.
- If there, were any witnesses of the sexual assault or rape, write down their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Ask if they would mind providing you with their statements.
- Have a friend or family member take pictures of any bruises, cuts, or tears you may have.
- The cruise liner will not be your best friend during this time, especially if your assailant was a crew member. You should have a friend or family member contact the FBI by satellite telephone. The FBI can give you instructions on what you need to do.
Contact an experienced and qualified cruise ship attorney to ensure that your sexual assault is not hidden away. The cruise ship attorney will be able to help you pursue justice.