Cruise Ship Rapes
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Cruise ship passengers who were raped or otherwise sexually assaulted.
- If a cruise ship passenger is raped or sexually assaulted as a result of the liner's negligence in maintaining a safe environment, they may be able to collect damages for pain and suffering, medical treatment and emotional anguish.
- Cruise Liners
- Additional Details
- Cruise ships, like hotels and other public establishments, have a responsibility to keep their passengers safe and may be liable when their negligence leads to an injury.
- On Jan. 11, it was reported that a Royal Caribbean pool attendant was indicted on a single count of sex abuse, the latest to be charged in the recent string of sexual assaults aboard cruise ships.
Cruise ship passengers who were raped aboard Royal Caribbean or any other cruise liner may have legal recourse for their injuries. It has been reported that a Royal Caribbean employee was indicted on a single count of sex abuse of a minor, this being the latest in a string of sexual assaults aboard cruise liners. When a cruise passenger is assaulted or raped, they may be able to seek compensation for their suffering if the liner failed to provide a safe environment for its vacationers.
If you were raped or sexually assaulted aboard Royal Caribbean or any other cruise ship, you may have legal recourse for your suffering. Though it may be difficult to come forward with your claim, holding a cruise liner accountable for their negligence can help prevent future instances of rape and sexual assault.
Royal Caribbean Rape
In the third such event in two months, a 14-year-old girl claims she was raped when a Royal Caribbean cruise ship employee who first befriended the minor and her family, who were vacationing aboard the Adventure of the Seas. According to her account, Fabian Palmer lured the girl, alone on a deck, into a men's locker room where he began to have sex with her. The police report states that Palmer stopped when another employee knocked on the door. Upon interview with the Royal Caribbean staff, the pool attendant claimed that he thought she was 16 years of age, according to records. On Jan. 11, Palmer was reportedly indicted on a single count of sex abuse of a minor.
Cruise Line Rapes
A 15-year-old girl also reports that she was raped by two men on a Royal Caribbean after she was lured from a teen nightclub aboard the vessel. Similar incidents also occurred on two separate Carnival cruises, and potentially, many other cruise ship rapes, not only on these lines but any vessel traveling the high seas, may have gone unreported. Potentially, cruise ship passengers who were raped or assaulted on any vessel may have legal recourse against the liner's operating company.
Cruise Ship Rape Lawsuits
Just as public establishments, including hotels and restaurants, have a duty to keep their patrons safe, cruise ships also have a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment for their passengers. They must ensure public areas are reasonably lit, walkways and hallways are dry, employee background checks are conducted and proper safety precautions, such as installing cameras and hiring security personnel, are taken. When they fail to meet this level of care, and a person is injured as a result, they may be liable for any resulting damages. These damages may include compensation for medical treatment, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Not only can a cruise ship rape lawsuit award compensation to the victim, but it can also send a message to other cruise ship companies to enact stricter safety measures to prevent future instances of rape and sexual assault and avoid liability for these incidents.
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