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Legal Implications of Sexual Assault and Harassment on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships allow passengers to relax, unwind, and enjoy a vacation on the high seas. However, like in any other environment, sexual assault and harassment can occur on a cruise ship. When sexual assault or harassment occurs on a cruise ship can have serious legal implications for both the victim and the cruise line.

What Is Sexual Assault and Harassment?

Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence that involves unwanted sexual contact or behavior. This can include groping, fondling, or rape. Sexual harassment, on the other hand, involves unwanted sexual advances, comments, or behavior that creates a hostile or uncomfortable environment. Both sexual assault and harassment are illegal and can have serious physical, emotional, and psychological consequences for victims.

Cruise Line Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know

A cruise is supposed to be an exciting and relaxing vacation – a chance to get away from the everyday worries of life, enjoy new places, and meet new people.

Unfortunately, real life happens on cruise ships, including terrible crimes like sexual assault. Victims of this terrible crime may be confused about what to do. After all, you’re on a free-floating vessel in the ocean. Who can your turn to for justice, and who has jurisdiction over your case?

Here’s what you need to know about sexual assault on cruise lines and what you can do if it happens to you or someone you love.

Cruise Ship Law

The issues that arise on cruise ships are not regulated by any

The Relationship between Cruises and Sexual Assault

The last thing anyone thinks about when booking a cruise is whether they could fall victim to sexual assault.

However, as one Miami attorney explains, “a cruise ship is like a floating city of 10,000 people…you have a barbershop..a gym…retail stores, but no police. You have cruise ship security personnel, but their goal is to protect the cruise line, not you.” He represented a 15-year-old autistic client who was raped by two men on a family cruise.

The reality is there isn’t much safeguarding against sex crimes on cruises. In today’s post, we’re going to specifically address the relationship between cruises and sexual assault – how often it happens, reasons why, and steps to take if you fall victim to