Most Recent Cruise Crime Stats Show Troubling Continuation of Sexual Assault Trend

Every quarter the U.S. Department of Transportation publishes the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) Statistical Compilation. This report details the numbers of crimes that have been reported aboard major cruise ships that call on the U.S. The most recent report was filed for the Second Quarter 2019, ending June 30. The report shows that the trend of sexual assault aboard the ships continues. 

From April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 there were a total of 32 crimes reported aboard cruise ships. 26 of the 32 involved sexual assault. This means that over 80% of all crimes reported aboard the ships during this period involved sexual assault. 

Of the 26 reported sexual assaults, 20 involved reports that another passenger was the perpetrator, while 6 identified a crew member as the culprit. 

Cruise ship sexual assault is relatively major problem and the cruise lines continue not to take it seriously enough. Recently, a young woman filed a lawsuit alleging that she was gang-raped during a cruise, after having been given multiple drinks by a group of men in full view of cruise ship employees. She was just 15 at the time of the incident. 

In response to the suit Royal Caribbean claimed that it was unaware of the risk. The judge for the case ruled that Royal Caribbean should have known that sexual assault is a problem aboard cruise ships as there is a long and well-documented history of the fact.