If you have been sexually assaulted aboard a cruise ship, there are actions that you should take in the immediate aftermath of the incident in order to ensure your safety and to help authorities hold the perpetrator accountable.
In the following video, cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey details the steps you should take if you are ever the victim of cruise ship sexual assault. Of course, the first action you should take is to seek a safe place and seek medical treatment for you injuries.
After seeking safety and medical treatment, you should:
- Report the incident to the cruise ship staff. Remember, you have not done anything wrong. Be sure to report the incident as quickly as possible.
- Have a rape kit performed. If a rape kit was not performed while you were receiving medical treatment, make sure you have one performed immediately.
- Report the incident to the FBI. Do not allow the cruise ship personnel to speak on your behalf. Though they may seem to be on your side, remember that the cruise line is going to look out for its own interests first.
- Receive treatment when you return home. Be sure to seek the continuing medical treatment that you need in order to heal from your injuries, and also seek a therapist to help you begin to heal from your psychological injuries.