A passenger on a Carnival Cruise ship has sued the cruise line, claiming that she was sexually assaulted on the ship, and that the ship’s staff did nothing to apprehend her attacker. She says that she was enjoying an evening at the piano lounge onboard the Carnival Magic in May 2014 when she had to use the ladies’ room and the attack occurred.
While she was in the ladies’ room, she was accosted by a short, overweight black woman. The woman slammed her against the hand drier and forced her to perform sexual acts. Eventually the victim was able to escape. She reported the incident to ship authorities the same night, but they allegedly did nothing to identify the woman or apprehend her in spite of a very vivid description she gave them. Shipboard personnel showed the victim photographs of passengers, but none of the pictures were of a black woman.
The plaintiff says that she suffered physical injuries and emotional distress during the attack. Since it occurred, she has suffered from depression and anxiety attacks that have required medical treatment. She sued Carnival, claiming that it was negligent in the operation of the boat and that it failed to take adequate steps to keep passengers safe. She also claims that Carnival created an unsafe environment by giving passengers large amounts of alcohol.
Thousands of passengers are injured on cruise ships every year. Some of these injuries are due to criminal attacks, such as occurred in this situation. Unfortunately, the combination of alcohol and large numbers of people in a confined space can be deadly.
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