Uber recently released a highly-anticipated safety report, wherein the ridesharing giant, revealed that it received 5,981 reports of serious sexual assault in the U.S. during 2017 and 2018. The claims range from unwanted touching and kissing to outright rape, with almost 500 incidents of rape reported.
According to NPR, the number of sexual assaults taking place may be higher than what Uber reports, as its definition of sexual assault is limited to the five most severe categories: nonconsensual kissing of a nonsexual body part, attempted nonconsensual sexual penetration, nonconsensual touching of a sexual body part, nonconsensual kissing of a sexual body part and nonconsensual sexual penetration, while other types of sexual misconduct, such as masturbation, asking for sex, or verbal threats of assault, are not included.
Victims of the abuse were both riders and drivers, with passengers being accused of sexual assault in nearly half of the reports.
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