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Royal Caribbean Tries To Combat Rapes Aboard Its Cruise Ships



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MIAMI – Sexual violence occurring on cruise ships has long been a topic that cruise companies are hesitant to address.

Cruise lines are required by 2010’s Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act to release quarterly information on all alleged onboard crimes, but the truth is that women are routinely subject to unwanted sexual advances and violence that isn’t reported to crew members.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has received the first-ever best practices certification from the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) after the cruise line reached out to the organization about becoming certified.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of our guests and crew,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, in a statement. “We set high standards for ourselves and on the most important subjects, we look to experts for guidance.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises brands were reviewed by RAINN across 11 key areas including prevention efforts, victim care services, security staff training and prospective passenger screening.
Royal Caribbean reported three allegations of rape, and three allegations of other sexual assault, in the first half of 2014. It has yet to offer more up-to-date crime reporting statistics.

Over the same period, Carnival Corp. reported nine alleged rapes and seven alleged other sexual assaults.

Carnival Corp. has reported nine alleged rapes over the first half of 2015, while Norwegian Cruise Line reported four alleged rapes over the same period.

The Coast Guard itself only has statistics available from Jan. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2014.

In June, a single woman was viciously beaten and raped by a Holland America Line service attendant who then tried unsuccessfully to throw her overboard.

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Woman raped aboard Holland America Line


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