A 20-year-old local woman was sexually assaulted during a cruise vacation while visiting the port of Freeport in The Bahamas in May 2013.
She and her boyfriend were on the cruise to celebrate her admission into a pre-law program at UTSA.
The man who sexually assaulted her was a local.
The victim and her boyfriend had been drinking while in port while their cruise was docked. The couple asked the local man where they could find marijuana.
The young woman admits she was intoxicated, but never imagined what would soon happen.
"He just said 'don't worry, I know it's dark in here,'" she said of her attacker.
She and her boyfriend followed the man until he asked the boyfriend to wait outside a bathroom.
The victim followed the man into the bathroom and he led her into an adjacent empty auditorium.
Moments later, he sexually assaulted her.
According to a Port Canaveral police report, the man tried to get the woman to perform oral sex.
"Everything that happened that he did it was almost like it was a script," she said. "He knew exactly what to do. It was as if he had done it multiple times before."
She reported the incident to authorities aboard the cruise ship, who then disembarked with the victim and returned to the location of the attack.
The man was gone.
The woman says she felt authorities aboard the ship did not take her report seriously.
The cruise line offered her a 25 percent discount and free room service.
Maritime attorney and cruise victims' advocate, Jim Walker, says cruise crimes are often kept quiet.
"The bulk of the incidents are still kept secret," Walker said. "An incident that is reported to the FBI, and they don't open a case is never going to be disclosed."
According to the Virgin Islands Daily news, the murder rate in the Virgin Islands is more than 10 times higher than in the U.S.
Walker says the murder rate is more than 20 times higher in Honduras than in the U.S.
"Cruise lines are responsible for warning passengers of the dangers that exist in the ports of call that cruise ships pick," Walker said.
And its young women like the UTSA student who are increasingly becoming victims, he says.
"I felt like it was a set up," said the victim. "I felt violated obviously. But I felt like people knew what things were going on with tourists."
Information you need to know before you cruise:
FBI hotline: 866-838-1153