Sexual harassment, assault and rape is extremely difficult to talk about, particularly if you’re a crew member far from your usual support networks. It is common for crew to keep incidents of sexual harassment or assault to themselves because of fears over job security or worries that they won’t be believed.
Although challenging, talking to a trusted friend or colleague can really help you to process what has happened and may help you take steps towards recovering. At Yacht Crew Help we are here to provide non-judgemental and confidential support, 24 hours a day if you want to talk about an incident, whenever it took place.
Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying jointly published by the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (available for download below), provides useful advice on how your employer should handle reports of sexual harassment and assault.