Although cruise ship sexual assault is the number one crime on the high seas, what we have just discovered has shocked us beyond measure. One of the world’s most respected, family-friendly cruise lines has failed to act quickly following reports of a cruise passenger sexual assault, and the victim was only 11 years old.
According to the latest news reports, a Disney Cruise Line crewmember was seen molesting the young victim in an elevator onboard the Disney Dream on a ship surveillance video. The incident took place onboard a liner that is well-known for its attention to passengers and low incidence of maritime accidents and crimes. This indicates that these days, just about any kind of crime is likely to occur on any cruise ship.
Disney Cruise Line has long claimed that it reports criminal incidents as soon as they become known, a practice that must be adhered to by all cruise lines. It has been reported, however, that the company did not do so in this instance.
An Orlando Local 6 investigation reveals the incident was not reported to the FBI until the next day, long after the Dream had sailed out of the Port Canaveral right here in Florida, allowing the 33-year-old sexual assault suspect to evade responsibility for his actions.