A cruise ship rape lawyer may be needed following an accusation that an unwanted sexual harassment incident took place onboard a vessel last week. Tauranga Police investigated reports that were filed against a crewmember of the Millennium cruise ship. The vessel docked at the Port of Tauranga on Friday morning after sailing from Fiji.
According to Detective Sergeant Pete Blackwell, a middle-aged female passenger accused one of the cruise ship’s crewmembers of sexually assaulting her while the vessel was in Fiji’s waters.
“We had a team of investigators on the ship [Friday] looking into the allegations,” said Blackwell, adding that the victim informed the vessel’s captain of the sexual assault, and the captain in turn informed Tauranga Police as soon as the vessel docked at the port.
The Millennium was scheduled to sail to Auckland on Friday, but the investigation delayed the ship’s departure. As of Monday, however, Tauranga police made a statement that they will not be arresting the crewmember, nor charging him with sexual assault.
“The matter is complete. We have been in communication with the captain of the ship to advise him of the result of our inquiries,” said Blackwell. “There will be some follow up with their own internal policies and practices around the incident that was reported, but the New Zealand Police have no further involvement, and there was no prosecution resulting from the investigation. It was thoroughly investigated and there are no charges being brought. There is insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution.”
Blackwell added that the Millennium was able to set sail late on Friday.
“We were aware of those tight time lines and our team got right into it from the first opportunity, and it wasn’t held up at all,” he stated.
Although not many people may believe it, sexual assault, including groping and rape, is one of the most commonly reported crime onboard cruise ships. Assailants can be both crewmembers and passengers, and despite methods to avoid these kinds of incidents from taking place, sometimes, passengers are drugged without realizing and are taken advantage of or physical violence is used against the victim, rendering them unable to fight back.
Any cruise passenger who has been hurt by a sexual offender is entitled to seek legal help to protect their rights. If you or someone you know has experienced any similar incident, turn to our attorneys for help in filing a case. Our cruise ship rape lawyers have over 80 years of combined experience in the field of maritime law and will work diligently to help your case resolve favorably.
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