What To Do

After any crime including sexual assault and rape, it is very important that the crime scene be preserved.

  • It should be sealed off until law enforcement arrives.

  • Pictures should be taken of the entire scene.

  • Access to the scene should be limited to law enforcement personnel who know how to collect evidence without destroying it.

  • Gloves and booties should be worn.

  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of each possible witness should be obtained and statements taken.

  • The sexual assault or rape victim should be instructed not to eat, drink, shower, bath, brush teeth or go to the bathroom before a rape exam is done by a physician.

  • Blood samples from the victim should be immediately done.

  • Photographs of the victim to show bruises, tears, etc should be done.

  • Qualified persons should deal with the victim.

  • Photographs of the entire crew and of the passengers can be shown to the victim to identify the attackers.

Do not rely on the shipping company to do the above. The victim's friends and family should immediately contact the FBI by satellite phone and receive instructions on how to proceed. Relying on the shipping company to do the right thing is not a good idea.

In addition to the above, a law firm that handles these types of cases should be contacted as soon as possible. We highly recommend Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. for these types of cases.