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Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual and Violent Assault on Cruise Ships

According to the Department of Transportation, sexual assault is one of the most common crimes committed aboard cruise ships. It is a sad reality that assault is a common occurrence on cruise ships. Even though recent improvements have been made to make cruise ships safer for passengers, cases of sexual assault and other incidents still occur.

Based on statistics gathered by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA), in 2019 there were 44 reported sexual assaults between January and June. The reported assault victims included both passengers and crew members.

Have you been the victim of violent or sexual assault on a cruise ship? Our experienced Miami cruise ship personal injury attorney is here to help. Call today or send us a message online to get started!

Who Is Liable for Rapes on Cruise Ships?

Cruise ship companies are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their guests and crew members. If an operator is aware of a danger but does not address it, he or she can be held accountable for the damages associated with an assault that occurs as a result.

Negligence That Can Lead to Cruise Ship Assault

Common causes of sexual or physical assault include:

  • Broken door locks
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Incomplete background checks on employees
  • Inadequate security

Are There Police On Cruise Ships?

Most cruise ships are equipped with security personnel who are responsible for immediately handling any instances of assault or rape. They are responsible for taking your statement and collecting any evidence available at the time.

Who Has Jurisdiction On Cruise Ships?

Jurisdiction can be tricky when it comes to cruise ships. In general the party that has jurisdiction will be determined based on the location of the ship at the time the crime is committed.

For example, if the assault occurs while the ship is at port, the authorities of that port will have jurisdiction over the crime. Countries within 12 nautical miles of the ship also have jurisdiction.

So what happens if the ship is at sea when the assault occurs? Jurisdiction will fall to the ship's registered country. With jurisdiction being determined primarily based on location, it's extremely important that you have a skilled cruise injury lawyer on your side to ensure you receive fair treatment and that justice is obtained.

What Should I Do if I Have Been Sexually Assaulted on a Cruise Ship?

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, it is important that you act immediately:

  • Seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been injured.
  • You have a right to request a sexual assault forensic exam in order to collect DNA, even on board a cruise ship; in order to preserve evidence you should avoid showering, changing or cleaning up until the exam has been completed
  • If you are traveling outside of the U.S., seek support from the U.S. Embassy in the country you are currently visiting; you may also contact the FBI or the U.S. Coast Guard
  • You should also report the incident to the cruise ship security as quickly as possible
  • Contact our firm for compassionate and skilled representation; you do not have to face this difficult time alone

Assault & Battery Representation for Passengers & Crew Members

When it comes to sexual or physical assault on a cruise ship, assault can occur in many ways:

  • Assault and battery can take place between passengers
  • In other situations, sexual assault is caused by a crewmember

If you have been inappropriately touched on a cruise ship as a passenger or a crew member, you will need to take immediate action to protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation. Report the crime as soon as possible to strengthen your case.

Contact Michael C. Black, P.A.

When it comes to assault cases on a cruise ship, timing is everything. Typically, cruise ships only permit you to file a claim within a year of the incident. We are committed to ensuring that your voice is heard and that the negligent or malicious individual is held responsible. Do not try to handle this situation on your own. Instead, retain quality representation from Michael C. Black, P.A.!

Need help getting justice for your cruise ship assault? Call our cruise ship injury attorneys today or contact us online to start your case with a free consultation.

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