Cruise Ship Sexual Assault and Rape Information BLOG

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July 26, 2014

Senator Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va introduced a bill last year aiming to improve the protection of passengers on cruise ships. This Wednesday there was a second hearing to gather information and raise awareness of the problems.

Philip Gerson, a Miami-based civil trial lawyer specializing in cruise liner cases, said significant improvements in passenger safety are needed and highlighted the case of one of his clients, a 15-year-old girl with Asperger syndrome who was raped during a cruise.

In addition, Laurie Dishman, from Sacremento California, described how she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico by an...

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July 25, 2014

The presence of giant cruise ships in Venice has become one of the most talked about topics in the travel world and the concern over the damage they may be causing.

For the cruise industry, Venice is one of the most popular destinations on their agendas, adding history and elegance to any cruise.

But others think that Venice was never designed to host such enormous vessels.

Now a large and potent group of celebrities consisting of writers, fashion designers, journalists, architects, Hollywood icons and even members of royalty have started an appeal to banish cruise liners from Venice forever.

Film stars...

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July 25, 2014

Michelle Ligori and her husband, from Hamilton, Ontario, were preparing to board Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, for a seven day vacation on one of the world's largest cruise ships.

However when they were preparing to board, together with their two young sons, they received a shock.

The girl at the counter asked Michelle if she could be pregnant and as she had just found out she was a couple of days previously, she answered that yes she was.

She was then not allowed to board without a doctor’s note saying she was fit to travel.

Ligori says that they were treated like parasites and that Royal Caribbean...

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July 24, 2014

On Wednesday, there was a Senate Commerce Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., during which witnesses called for better passenger protection on cruise liners.

Laurie Dishman, from Sacramento, California recounted to the senators through tears how she was  was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, saying that the cruising public have virtually no rights or protections. Her rapist was never arrested nor tried in the United States.

Kim Ware of Houston was another witness and talked about her experience when she was a passenger on the Carnival Triumph in 2013. The...

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July 23, 2014

Cruise ship vacation are a once in a lifetime experience for most passengers. Food, drinks, nightlife, entertainment, and recreational activities are all-inclusive and the ships themselves are so extensive that they are often considered a city unto themselves. The 3-, 5- and 7-day excursions include day long stops at various exotic locations around the world where vacationers activities or simply sightsee. While these vacations are typically uneventful they have seen their share of mishaps that have led to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

No one ever expects to take a cruise vacation and come out of it with an injury, or the...

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July 22, 2014

Every major metropolitan area in the United States sees police chases every month, but some areas such as the state of Florida, see multiple pursuits daily. Any law enforcement officer will tell you that high speed police chases are not the stuff of movies but are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, threatening the lives of those involved in the pursuit, and also innocent bystanders.  

Police officers spend a lot of time training for high speed pursuits, but even the most skilled officers are capable of making mistakes. The suspects are often drunk or high and coupled with the adrenaline of the chase, their driving skills...

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July 20, 2014

Every parent wants the best for their children and the very thought of having to face one of their children being the victim of rape is enough to keep any parent wide awake at night.

There are entire divisions within most police precincts dedicated to solving child rape cases, as the legal implications for rape against a child are complex and severe and need to be treated with the highest level of care and discretion. Many lawyers find it difficult to handle cases of this nature as the details can be so disturbing.   Families of victims can sometimes have trouble finding legal counsel able to follow through on their cases, which...

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July 19, 2014

Celebrity Cruise Lines is owned by Royal Caribbean, a U.S. and Norwegian based company with its   headquarters in Miami, Florida.  The company carries thousands of passengers each year,but its ships have been subject to several criminal investigations and numerous civil lawsuits, stemming from negligence, personal injury, and sexual assault.  Cruise companies tend to have very competent legal representation, meaning that anyone looking to sue Celebrity Cruise Lines will need to come prepared.

There are numerous reasons a person may want to take Celebrity Cruise Lines to court.  Perhaps they were the victim of a slip and fall, or an...

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July 18, 2014

Celebrity Cruise Lines is owned by Royal Caribbean, a U.S. and Norwegian based company with its   headquarters in Miami, Florida.  The company carries thousands of passengers each year,but its ships have been subject to several criminal investigations and numerous civil lawsuits, stemming from negligence, personal injury, and sexual assault.  Cruise companies tend to have very competent legal representation, meaning that anyone looking to sue Celebrity Cruise Lines will need to come prepared.

There are numerous reasons a person may want to take Celebrity Cruise Lines to court.  Perhaps they were the victim of a slip and fall, or an...

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July 17, 2014

Cruise ships offer the highest level of comfort, service, and entertainment, for passengers who pay a relatively substantial amount for it.  Many passengers however, never think about safety and security and indeed some of the premier cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Holland-America, invest a great deal of money in ensuring the safety of their passengers.

Unfortunately accidents are unavoidable and one of the leading cruise lines, Holland-America, has had its share of accidents and injuries aboard its vessels. Passengers who are injured are usually unaware that there are very specific laws and policies that...

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