Uber reports decline in sexual violence in latest safety report

Uber’s latest passenger safety report shows fewer cases of sexual assault.

CNN reported that the total number of sexual assault and abuse cases between 2019 and 2020 was 3,824 — a significant drop from the 5,981 that occurred between 2017 and 2018 when the company released its first report in late 2019.

According to CNN, Uber said the number of sexual assault reports fell by 38% from the first to the second report.

Uber has five categories of sexual assault, per CNN, ranging from “non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part” to “non-consensual sexual penetration” or rape.

The outlet reported that Uber received 141 reports of rape in 2020, up from 247 reports of the crime in 2019. CNN said rape incidents accounted for 0.00002% of total trips.

However, travel in the US has fallen by more than half during that period. According to CNN, they went from 1.4 billion trips in 2019 to 650 million in 2020.

In 2019 and 2020, a total of 2.1 billion journeys were made, which was less than the 2.3 billion journeys that Uber had in 2017 and 2018.

CNN reported that about 91% of the rape victims were horse riders and about 7% of the victims were drivers.

Women made up 81% of the victims, while men made up about 15%, which was double the amount of the first report, according to CNN

For all reports of sexual incidents, CNN reported that passengers were the accused 43% of the time. In the previous report, they were accused 45% of the time.

Uber cited the ongoing background checks they conducted in 2018 as a positive way to check for new crimes, according to CNN. The company said this feature has helped remove more than 80,000 drivers from its service.

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