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When making vacation plans to take a cruise the last thing the passenger is concerned with is their personal safety. What they do not realize is that their safety is not as protected as they think. Passengers who believe they are leaving the crimes of sexual assault and rape behind in the city, and on the shore, are wrong.
Ehline Law Firm PC "Makes It Happen" For the Afflicted and Abused Passenger
Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC is a Super Lawyers Rising Star, internationally recognized, and is also an inactive U.S. Marine with millions recovered in verdicts and settlements. He is also an experienced cruise ship rape attorney and in going after those unchaste defendants who instigate attacks, and ultimately deflower and ruin the innocent and unwilling victim. When you are attacked or raped on a cruise vessel, we have the compassion and resolve to take on this unjustified application of force from start to finish. We understand that physical invasion is a delicate matter, and all consultations are strictly confidential and free of charge to you.
Cruise Ship Rape Assault Statistics
The statistics prove that foreign passenger vessels are not always as safe as other modes of transportation. This is especially true for children and women who are often the targets of sexual predators. There are some statistics that have been presented that show the frequency of sexual attacks and rapes at sea.
- At one point, there are approximately 2 reports of sexual assaults or rapes for every one hundred thousand passengers on major cruise lines. While this amount of assaults or rapes may not sound frequent, passengers are only aboard ships for a short amount of time and this is a combined fleet statistic.
- During a five year period the major cruise lines have reports of 99 sexual assaults or rapes occur aboard ship.
- During a five year period there was 173 sexual assaults or rapes occur on a major cruise line, no of which resulted in prosecution or a conviction.
These are just some of the statistics and the industry is getting wiser. Be on the lookout for victims being demonized in the press as a future form of defense.
The 173 Assault Reports
None of the 173 sexual assault or rape reports resulted in any criminal prosecutions. Still another popular cruise lines reported 2 rapes or sexual assaults per month on all its cruise ships. In fact, another cruise line actually employs a risk management team dedicated to handling only rape and sexual assault claims. They have their own lawyers, and that is why you will typically need injury lawyers who will give it their all to help you get money damages for your serious personal injury and loss from a rape while aboard a cruise liner.
This includes recovering special damages like medical bills and lost wages, and general damages like past, present and future pain and suffering. If you were the victim of intentional acts or negligence on a cruise, you deserve to get compensation for your cruise ship injury, or boat accident.
Rape On a Cruise Ship Will Change Your Life for the Worse
Getting sodomized or penetrated against your will causes severe emotional and physical trauma and is a known cause of PRSD. You feel besmirched and dishonored among other horrible things. And even if you are an injured employee in a seafarers union, or cruise liner employee, we may be able to secure you money damages in your cruise ship negligence personal injury case.
But litigating a claim like this, requires extensive legal skills. You may need to hire an expert witness to help prove your rape case and the resulting damages and liability. You may have suffered severe trauma and may even need a forensics expert, or security expert. This is because cruise ship negligence cases are complicated.
The Law Of Agency
Did you know that under the law of agency, a negligent cruise line may be vicariously liable for bad acts of its cruise ship employees and agents. They may even be strictly liable. You may be entitled to recover money damages for your civil case, even if the intentional or wrongful acts aren’t within the scope of these people’s employment or agency.
Steps To Take When Raped on a Dream Vacation
When a crime takes place it is important that the crime scene is sealed off and this includes sexual assaults and rapes until law enforcement arrives to investigate. Access to this crime scene should be limited to law enforcement. Pictures should be taken as soon as possible of the entire area; the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses should be collected, along with a statement.
- The victim of the attack should be given a rape examination by a physician prior to showering, using the bathroom, brushing their teeth and they should not eat or drink;
- Blood samples also should be done immediately, and;
- Pictures of the victim should be taken to show bruises, marks, cuts or scrapes and torn clothing they suffered.
- People dealing with the victim should be qualified, and photographs of the crew and passengers can be shown to the victim, so they can identify their attacker.
These things can not be left up to the crew or captain to do, and the victims friends or family should:
- Contact the FBI by satellite phone to get instructions on what they will need to do. It is not wise to rely on the cruise line to do the right thing in this situation.
- As soon as possible the Ehline Law Firm PC should be contacted to assist the grieving and terrified victim.
Our experience includes cruise ship lines such as:
- Royal Caribbean
- Silver Sea Cruise Lines
Our representation of victims that have suffered sexual assaults or rape on cruise lines gives us the experience needed to assist other clients, since we have a prior understanding of these dangerous situations that occur on cruise lines. In some cases it shows a pattern of disregard by the cruise line for their employees or passengers, along with a history of complaints.
Our clients will have the benefit of our safe harbor of experience working with experts in their fields of rape, sexual assault, forensics and security. We understand this is a traumatic and sensitive situation for the client and the experienced attorney can use the laws to assist the client in beginning to heal.
The current laws that we have used in building our cases are:
Admiralty, Maritime, Jones Act, California State tort laws and others. In California the current law that is used to build cases and in the Federal Court is one that holds the cruise line liable for intentional wrongful acts of its crewmembers. This applies whether the act occurred during their hours on duty or not. When sexual act involves a minor under the age of 16, it is considered sexual assault or rape even if the minor gave their consent. Call 888-400-9721 toll free to discuss your case now!