Cruise Passengers Allege They Weren’t Protected From Sexual Assault
Now 21 years old, the victim is said to have spoken out about her experience for the first time. (BuzzFeed News called her “G.” to protect her identity.) At the age of 11, G. went on a cruise with her grandmother and sister and was excited about the holiday. She said: “As a kid, you naturally thought it was going to be great.
She told BuzzFeed News that before the ship sailed for the Caribbean, G. went downstairs to get the Wi-Fi password. “I asked the person outside the restaurant for directions to the lobby,” she recalls. “And when he instructed me, he immediately grabbed my chest.”
G. ran to the lobby to find someone who could tell her the Wi-Fi password. She said she was “afraid of going in the same direction” on her way back because she might cross the street with the man who touched her. But she needed to return to her room and was afraid to get lost on the giant ship.
When G. passed the restaurant, she entered the elevator. She said the same employee followed her in, blocking the door. “He said, ‘Can I have a kiss?’” she recalls. “I kissed him on the cheek, and he said, ‘No, not there.’” She then alleged that the employee leaned over and kissed her on the mouth.
After letting go of her, G. cried while running to her room. “I don’t know what to do,” she said.
She said she told her grandmother why she was so distraught, and that they went to the lobby to report what had happened to customer service. G. said they asked her about the incident and what the employee looked like and promised to investigate the incident.
Taplin, who was on board the train at the time, said she had seen elevator surveillance footage, which confirmed the child’s version of events. Later, G. said she was asked to identify the attacker by looking at photos of four employees. According to both Taplin and G., the girl identified the attacker as a waitress at one of the ship’s restaurants.
Taplin said she did her best to investigate the incident but claimed she was thwarted throughout the process. She claims she told one of the ship’s senior officers to call the FBI while the boat was still docked in Port Canaveral, Florida. But the officer decided to leave around 5 p.m. and did not notify the FBI until the ship was in international waters.
Later, Taplin said, the senior officer interviewed the accused crew member while she was present. The official report of the meeting, obtained by BuzzFeed News, states that the crew member “hesitated, but ultimately refused to kiss the girl” and simply “shaked her hand and hugged her”.
Taplin said that what was not in the report was that during the meeting, the officer threatened the crew member, saying, “I’m going to cut off your penis right now,” and that he was going to have his testicle removed. crew member and “put his ball in his mouth.”
When the ship docked in the Bahamas the next day, local police arrived. According to Taplin, police berated and threatened the alleged attacker, pressuring him to confess. “It was a mistake,” Taplin said. “I mean, you caught him in the act with what he did, didn’t you?”
He ended up signing a statement that Taplin alleges was written by Bahamian police. “I touched her right breast with my left hand,” the signed confession. However, Taplin noted that the alleged suspect was not arrested. Instead, he was repatriated to the state of Goa, India.
G. said she was so scared for the rest of her vacation that she didn’t want to leave her grandmother and never felt safe on the train again. She says she can only relax with a stopover at Castaway Cay, a private Caribbean island owned by Disney, because she knows her attacker won’t be there.
After G. reported the attack, she said that Disney instructed the staff who were cleaning her room to demonstrate how they made small animals out of bath towels, and they put in a public bed sheet. god to her bed. “But basically,” she said. After she returned home from her cruise, G. said her family only heard once from Disney telling them that the accused crew member had been deported.