Cruise ship sexual assault is the most reported cruise ship crime, coming in above theft and other forms of assault. The most common victims of cruise ship sexual assault are women and children, and the most common perpetrators are cruise ship crew members.
Despite the prevalence of crew member initiated sexual violence, fellow cruise passengers have also frequently been implicated in cases of cruise ship sexual assault. For example, over the summer the Royal Gazette reported that a 27-year-old New Jersey man was arrested for the sexual assault of a fellow cruise passenger while in Bermuda.
Though the report does not identify the alleged perpetrator, it does say that he was released on $10,000 bail on condition that he surrender his passport and avoid contacting the victim.
Cruise ship sexual assault statistics are available online through the U.S. Department of Transportation website. A review of the data for July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018 reveals that there was a total of 21 reported sexual assaults during that time period, out of 32 total crimes reported.