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3045 Sexual Assaults And 9 Murders On Uber Rides In US Last Year, Reveals Company Report


12/06/2019


3045 Sexual Assaults And 9 Murders On Uber Rides In US Last Year, Reveals Company Report
The first ever safety report about its rides in the United States for the entire of 2018 and part of 2017 shows that the ride hailing firm Uber received 3,045 sexual assaults complaints during the period from riders availing rides of the company.
 
While there were 58 deaths in car accidents during the period, there were also incident in which a total of 9 people were murdered in the same period, Uber said. This report for the first time not only unveils the level of safety on Uber rides but also offers a chance for comparing them with the national average of the figures of the US.
 
During the period between 2017 and the end of 2018, there were 3.1 million trips per day on its platform Uber said sand added that the total number of ride on its platform last year in the United States was at 1.3 billion trips. The company said that in total in the US, there were 20,000 homicides in 2017 and 36,000 auto-related deaths in 2018.
 
The number of incidents of rape among the total of 3,045 reported sexual assault cases in 2018 was at 235 while the rest were related to varying degrees of unwanted kissing or groping. The number of sexual offences reported in 2017 was 2,936,. Uver said.
 
The company further broke down the incidents of unwanted kissing or groping into 21 categories. The report also states that the rate of drivers on its platforms reporting assaults was roughly the same as those reported by its riders, which included incidents reported about the five most serious forms of sexual assault.
 
Bur according to analysts and experts, the actual numbers of sexual assault could be much higher because a large number of such incidents go unreported.
 
Only contextual data points were provided by Uber in a blog post where the company announced that its safety report found that “nearly 44% of women in the US have been a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime.”
 
“The numbers are jarring and hard to digest,” Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer, told The New York Times. “What it says is that Uber is a reflection of the society it serves.” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshani also released a statement publicly on Twitter saying he “suspects many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common.” He goes on to say, “They will all be right.”
 
“Doing the right thing means counting, confronting, and taking action to end sexual assault. My heart is with every survivor of this all-too-pervasive crime. Our work will never be done, but we take an important step forward today,” said Khosrowshani in a tweet.
 
“I suspect many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they’re still too common. Some people will appreciate how much we’ve done on safety; others will say we have more work to do. They will all be right,” he added.
 
(Source:www.theverge.com)