US officials from the Merchant Marine Academy are investigating allegations of the rape of a 19-year-old member of the class of 2022, while serving her year at sea onboard a Maersk vessel.
in an article published by Maritime Legal Aid & Advocacy, a nonprofit legal organization fighting for the rights of seafarers, in which she said that a senior engineer in his sixties raped after an extraordinary drinking session. on board involving many senior officers.he alleged victim wrote extensively about the incident
The whistleblower claimed that in her class of 50 women, she knew at least five other women who were forcibly raped during their maritime year.
“As soon as I woke up I could feel I was in a lot of pain and I knew exactly what had happened. Around 6 or 7 a.m., I woke up in my bed completely naked and started to panic, states the post from the alleged victim, stating: My clothes were all over the floor and they were soaked, I I had a huge hangover, there was blood on my sheets, and I knew immediately that I had been raped. I was a virgin and had run away, and as soon as I woke up I could feel that I was in great pain and that I knew exactly what had happened”.
The US Department of Transportation and Maritime Administration has opened an investigation into the incident and the allegation that other cadets were sexually assaulted both at sea and at the premises of the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point in New York State. Maersk has also launched its own investigation and review of its policies for cadets aboard its own ships.
There have been incidents of sexual harassment at the academy, including a high-profile case five years ago and a $ 1.4 million settlement last year for another victim.