By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TOURIST has claimed to have developed post traumatic stress disorder following an encounter near Paradise Island with jet ski operators who allegedly tried to sexually assault her.
Her statement is among a litany of complaints posted on a consumer protection website about the Atlantis resort.
The US Embassy in Nassau recently warned its residents about a spike in reported sexual assaults in this country, some of which were linked to the “loosely regulated” water sports industry on Paradise Island.
The complaint was posted on the website consumeraffairs.com on August 28.
The tourist, whose user name has been withheld, urged “parents, siblings and friends who have loved ones that are girls” to not go to the resort.
“They claim not to own the beach right by their hotel, but that’s in small print when you check in,” the user claimed.
“There are no other signs warning when you enter the beach, it’s at your own risk. I went on the jet ski with my friends and they took me alone to an island with eight other employees of the jet skis and tried putting their privates in my mouth.
“Thankfully I got away and it wasn’t a repeat of the Natalee Holloway situation,” the user wrote, referring to the American teen who went missing on holiday in Aruba in 2005 and was declared dead in 2012.
“... The Atlantis wants nothing to do with the situation that gave me PTSD and ruins my life everyday,” she claimed.
Another user, who identified himself as the alleged victim’s father, added that his daughter was taken to an island “just off the beach”.
“Next thing two more men on wave runners showed up and got onto the island,” he wrote. “Here is where four of them tried to sexually assault her. She fought them off and took a wave runner back to the beach. Her legs were all cut up and she was a mess.”
The user said that after contacting the police, his daughter identified the men from a line-up and some arrests have been made.
Nonetheless, he expressed concern over how Atlantis’ security handled the situation, noting that “in small print on the documents you sign, it states that you go to the beach at your own risk ...”
“My daughter is emotionally and physically a wreck, not to mention me,” he wrote. “I was beyond enraged at the guys and the security.”
When contacted for comment, an Atlantis official emphasised yesterday that the resort “does everything possible” to warn tourists about engaging in business with jet ski operators and in visiting the nearby Cabbage Beach.
The official said the resort “makes it clear” that it does not control the beach and warns guests from doing business with water sports operators.