Cruise Ship Sexual Assault?

Michael Ehline, Cruise Ship Lawyer
A recent incident of sexual assault on a cruise ship docked in Boston sparked an investigation into the traumatic incident.
Ultimate Guide to Understanding Recent Cruise Line Sex Attack

Let’s explore the details of the cruise rape news with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.

Allegations of Sexual Assault on Cruise Ship Surfaces

On September 13, 2022, a sexual assault victim reported sexual assault onboard Norwegian “Breakaway,” resulting in an investigation on Tuesday evening into the incident by state troopers and FBI agents.

An Incident of Alleged Assault Between Providence and Boston State, Massachusetts State Police Says

At around 7:15 PM, officials received a sexual assault report from the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship docked at Black Falcon Terminal in Boston.

The state police troopers responded immediately to the incident by investigating with the FBI agents, revealing that the reported assault occurred between Providence and Boston state. The ship set sail from Rhode Island a day before the rape incident occurred.

The victim and the perpetrator of the sexual assault onboard the Norwegian Breakaway were cruise ship employees. Massachusetts state police are currently undergoing investigations, and no further information is available.

Crime and Rape Rampant Across the Cruise Industry

The sexual assault reported on a Norwegian cruise line ship docked in Boston was not the first of its kind, and the industry is notorious for rape incidents.

Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act Provides Guidelines

Under the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA), cruise lines are legally required to report rape and other criminal activities, including homicide, and kidnapping, among others, aboard their ships.

The CVSSA lays down the following reporting requirements for crime occurring on cruise ships:

  • The vessel was US-owned, or the offense occurred within United States maritime jurisdiction.
  • The crime occurs against a US national regardless of jurisdiction.
  • The crime happens in the United States territorial sea.
  • The crime occurred while departing from or arriving at a US port and was committed by or against a US resident.

Cruise lines must pay fines for violating the CVVSA guidelines.

Can I Sue a Cruise Ship for Sexual Assault?

The cruise lines are generally liable for rape incidents perpetrated by one of their crew members. However, since lawsuits against large corporations, especially cruise lines, are challenging, it is crucial that the rape victim take the right steps in reporting and preserving evidence.

When a sexual assault occurs, the victim must immediately report it to a high-ranked crew member or police crew onboard. They should also seek medical attention immediately to preserve evidence.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ehline Law About Your Sexual Assault Onboard

Cruise ships are liable for their employee’s negligence and intentional conduct. To hold them accountable, the victim should immediately reach out to an experienced cruise ship attorney. If you suffered injuries on a cruise ship that wasn’t your fault, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.

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