News sources in Alaska are reporting that Alaska State Troopers are investigating an incident where a female crew member alleges that she was sexually assaulted on a Princess Cruises sailing between Seattle and Alaska this week.
The crew member states that two other crew members sexually assaulted her while the cruise ship was sailing to Juneau. The Alaska State Troopers say the assault took place between 4 AM and 6 AM on Monday.
A spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says that “Yes, suspects have been identified;” however, “No arrests have been made.”
The Princess cruise ship is making additional port calls as it heads back to Seattle, the point of origin for the cruise. Both the victim and the suspects are still aboard the cruise ship.
Princess Cruises released a statement claiming that after reporting the alleged assault, the woman "indicated she no longer wanted to pursue the matter with law enforcement."
It's a shame to see that the alleged victim was not taken off the cruise ship for medical evaluation and counseling and provided with a safe environment where she could be away from the alleged perpetrators.
Its also disturbing to see the cruise line issue a press statement claiming that the alleged victim doesn't want the matter further investigated. It smacks of Princess trying to minimize what happened for marketing purposes.
The incident occurred aboard the Star Princess.
We have written about the problem of sexual assaults on Princess cruise shipsin the past:
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Photo Credit: Star Princess - Jim Walker Seattle Washington