Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyer
Cruise lines have a responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that the safety and well-being of their passengers is never unnecessarily compromised, and this responsibility extends to ensuring that cruise ship staff and other passengers pose no threat to those on their vessels. Sadly, too many cruise lines do not put appropriate hiring and safety procedures in place. This can have devastating consequences for cruise passengers, including the possibility of rape or sexual assault.
Cruise lines are responsible for the actions of their staff and for providing passenger security, and when something as serious as a sexual assault on the part of staff members or other passengers occurs, the cruise ship company may be held liable for a victim’s physical and psychological trauma. If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault on a cruise ship, the legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. knows how hard it can be to cope with this type of trauma, and we are dedicated to ensuring that those responsible for the attack be held accountable.
Types of Cruise Ship Sexual Assault
Cruise ship rape or sexual assault can be devastating for the assault victim, whether it occurs on the part of staff or other passengers. The following are the most common causes for cruise ship rape claims:
Cruise ships are strictly liable for the actions of their staff, and may also be liable for the actions of passengers, so when rape or sexual assault on a cruise ship occurs, assault victims may be entitled to pursue compensation for their physical and emotional trauma.
Talk to a Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault on a cruise ship, you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Contact a lawyer with Louis A. Vucci, P.A. today by calling (786) 375-0344 to speak with a compassionate, committed member of our trained legal staff and get the help you need to fight for justice.
Sexual Assault FAQs
What is the difference between sexual violence, assault, and harassment?
Although each of these terms are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings and legal ramifications. Sexual assault functions as an umbrella term referring to any physical sexual acts committed without the other person’s consent or when they are unable to give consent. This includes coercing a person into sex through violence, physical force, threat, intimidation, or when the individual is intoxicated. Sexual violence and harassment, on the other hand, are two separate kinds of sexual assault. Sexual violence refers to a physical sexual act, which may include rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Sexual harassment refers to unwanted sexual behavior, advances, or conduct, which does not end at the other person’s request.
What qualifies as consent?
When defining sexual assault, the most important element is that the sexual conduct was not consensual. When discussing sexual conduct, consent is defined as the voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity before and throughout the act. Most importantly, consent requires a clear agreement to sex rather than the absence of disagreement (i.e. a clear “yes” rather than the absence of “no”). Even in cases when an individual has agreed to sex, this agreement does not qualify as consent if the person has been pressured, made to feel guilty, threatened, or otherwise coerced into sex. Additionally, an individual who is intoxicated is unable to give consent, as they are not in a fully competent state of mind, and therefore cannot make this kind of decision.
What is the legal process if I decide to press charges?
After a case of sexual assault, you may decide to press charges against the individual who assaulted you; in doing so, you agree to an investigation, which may bring the case to court. Throughout the investigation, legal experts will gather information and evidence from the case in order to determine the individual’s guilt. In many cases, sexual assault cases are resolved through a plea bargain, in which the perpetrator pleads guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. However, if the case does go to court, you will likely be asked to testify and recount relevant information about the incident. Each state has its own Victim Bill of Rights, which provides you with a variety of protection during a trial, including restrictions on what information you must disclose or additional support or accommodations when you testify.