Cruise Ship Rape and Sexual Assaults

Florida Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyer

Rape, sexual assaults, and other sex crimes on cruise ships happen far too often. Under general maritime law, cruise ship companies are strictly liable for the intentional, wrongful, and criminal acts of their employees such as in a rape or sexual assault. Until recently, cruise lines were able to avoid having to cooperate with federal authorities even local police when a serious crime would occur on their vessels. Though difficult to understand how or why part of this is because cruise lines operate in the navigable waters and therefore are not subject to the same state law protections most of us enjoy on land. Until recently these cruise line operators like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian were not even required to let the police board their vessels to conduct an police investigation. Therefore, until recently many crimes like rape and sexual assault on cruise ships would go unreported. These tactics had the practical effect of making it difficult to investigate an incident, pursue a claim and obtain basic information when a crime occurs on a vessel.

Cruise Ship Vessel Security Act Of 2010

However, in 2010 president Barak Obama signed into legislation a federal statute called the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010. Our attorneys along with the other crime victims advocate groups lobbied members of Congress to enact these important cruise ship safety laws. Now, federal law requires cruise ship operators to report all sexual assaults, rapes, and other violent crimes and imposes other safety and security requirements on their vessels. Some additional measures include providing video surveillance, room key access logs, storing and maintaining the video, and even keeping a rape kit along with supply of anti-viral medications to help prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, cruise lines are required to file reports of all rape and sexual assault to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and with the Department of Homeland Security. Cruise lines are also required to maintain and report all sex crimes.

Florida Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers Assisting Victims Of Rape, Sexual Assault, And Violent Crime

Yet, even with these new safety measures one cannot overlook the need to contact a knowledgeable and experienced Florida Cruise Ship Rape Lawyer. Our attorneys are familiar with the tactics cruise lines use in order to avoid legal responsibility for crime victims. Gerson & Schwartz, PA is at the forefront of assisting cruise ship passenger and including cruise ship crime victims throughout the United States.

Our firm also continues to be active on a national basis supporting cruise ship crime victims. Our law firm continues to lobby the international cruise community for stricter laws, rules, and regulations in order to protect passengers and even crew members. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a rape, sexual assault, or other violent crime on a cruise ship then contact our law firm for a free consultation. All cases will be discussed with an attorney directly. For more information on how we can help call 305-371-6000 or email us more info about you case at info@gslawusa.com.

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