Last week we blogged about a teenage girl who recently filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, claiming that she was raped aboard one of the company’s cruise ships in 2015. Now, popular news magazine INSIDE Edition has profiled the girl's plight and ensuing lawsuit.
In a statement, the girl’s lawyer told INSIDE Edition “She essentially was at a bar, which obviously she shouldn’t have been allowed to be in. She was given numerous drinks by a group of male passengers, who brought her back to a cabin and gang-raped her.” He added, “She was later found passed out in the hallway. Security guards on the ship told her they would kick her off the ship if she did it again.”
The victim, identified as K.T. in court documents, was either 15 or 16 at the time of the alleged incident. Some published reports say she was 15 while others, such as the INSIDE Edition report, say she was 16.
K.T. is suing the cruise line, claiming that it failed to protect her from the men who served her drinks, and also failed to warn her of the dangers of cruise ship sexual assault. Cruise companies have known for decades that the most commonly reported crime aboard cruise ships is sexual assault.