For Masters: Did the USCG Tell You About This Reporting Requirement?

This is not covered in official guidance for the 2692, but it’s punishable with a fine for non-compliance - meaning in theory that a master has to report it directly to the USCG, not just up the company chain of command.

Has anyone heard of it? Even the USCG’s people in DC didn’t cite it when asked about reporting requirements for this unfortunate sort of thing.

[B]46 U.S. Code § 10104[/B][B] - Requirement to report sexual offenses[/B]

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the currentCongress.)

(a) A master or other individual in charge of a documented vesselshall report to the Secretary a complaint of a sexual offenseprohibited under chapter 109A of title 18, United States Code.
(b) A master or other individual in charge of a documented vessel whoknowingly fails to report in compliance with this section is liableto the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than$5,000.

[“Sexual offense” refers to sexual assault, broadly defined as an involuntary sexual act. “Secretary” is the Secretary of Dept. of Homeland Security, effectively the USCG.]