This content is about sexual assault and sexual harassment in the US maritime industry and how it has been addressed by authorities and Congress. The author, K. Denise Rucker Krepp, was Chief Advisor to the US Maritime Administration from 2009 to 2012 and was aware of numerous sexual assaults reported by the US Merchant Marine Academy. In 2016, the school announced a statement to address sexual assault that was subject to several Washington Post articles. In September 2021, Midshipman X shared information about her sexual assault at sea, prompting action from Congress and the development of Every Mariner Builds a Respectful Culture (EMBARC) Prevention of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (SASH) Standards (EMBARC Standards).
The author provides recommendations for stopping future crimes, including reporting the crime to local law enforcement, keeping a journal of harassment incidents, requiring annual training on sexual harassment and assault, demanding explanations from prosecutors when cases do not go to court, unions informing companies if their members have been suspected, arrested, or convicted of sexual harassment, governments withdrawing qualifications from those convicted of sexual abuse and regulating ship owners and operators, and P&I clubs denying insurance coverage for failing to report sexual harassment and assault. The author emphasizes that sexual abuse is a crime and encourages everyone to speak up for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.