Uber says 3,045 sexual assaults were reported in rides in the U.S. last year

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 6th, 2019 9:42 am

Last Updated Dec 6th, 2019 at 10:14 am

More than 3,000 people reported sexual assaults while using Uber in the U.S. during 2018, the ride-sharing company said on Thursday in its first report detailing unsafe incidents that happen while using the app.

It also said that nine people were murdered and that 58 were killed in crashes. The number of incidents represents just .0002 percent of the 1.3 billion rides taken through the app last year.

"The numbers are jarring and hard to digest," Tony West, Uber's chief legal officer. "What it says is that Uber is a reflection of the society it serves."

Few parallels exist to Uber's safety report for comparison. The New York City Police Department said it received 533 reports of sex crimes and rapes occurring on transit systems in 2018.

The ride-sharing company said it received 2,936 reports of sexual assaults in 2017 and 3,045 in 2018. The assaults ranged from unwanted kissing of a "nonsexual body part" to attempted rape and rape. The largest category of reports was the nonconsensual touching of a "sexual body part" like the mouth or genitals.

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