Uber reported 141 incidents of rape and 998 incidents of sexual assault in total in 2020, even as the business was crippled by the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and ridership plummeted, according to the safety report American 2019-2020 business released Thursday.
Uber received 3,824 reports of sexual assault and misconduct from 2019 to 2020, the report said, the second of its kind.
That number represents a 38% decrease from the 5,981 incidents reported from 2017 to 2018, according to company data released in 2019.
The decline came as the nation went into lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis and travel was restricted to essential trips. According to Uber data, there were 1.4 billion U.S. trip reports in 2019, this number dropped to 650 million in 2020 amid the pandemic.
“The evolution of the rate of reports of sexual assault over time may have been affected by a number of factors, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the use of the platform as well as the Uber’s safety and transparency efforts,” Uber said in the report. “But each reported incident represents a heartbreaking lived experience for the survivor. Even one report is one report too many.
Here are some of the more startling statistics from the 78-page report:
- 141 reports of non-consensual sexual penetration, or rape, in 2020, compared to 247 in 2019.
- In 2020, there were 998 incidents of sexual assault in five categories: nonconsensual sexual penetration, nonconsensual kissing of a sexual body part, nonconsensual touching of a sexual body part, nonconsensual attempted sexual penetration , non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part.
- In 2019, 2,826 incidents were reported across the five categories.
- Riders were the accused party 43% of the time in sexual assaults from 2019 to 2020, similar to Uber’s 2017-2018 report at 45%.
- Drivers, 56% of the time, were the accused in all 5 categories of sexual assault.
- In 2019 and 2020, for rape, the survivor was the driver in 91% of incident reports, drivers were survivors in 7% of cases.
- Women made up 81% of rape survivors, men made up about 15% from 2019 to 2020, doubling from 7% reported in 2017 to 2018.
Uber released its first safety report in 2019 after coming under increasing scrutiny following lawsuits from passengers alleging they were sexually assaulted by drivers.
In Thursday’s report, the ride-hailing service said in its dedication to safety on the platform, drivers undergo criminal background checks – a mark that more than 500,000 potential drivers have failed to pass. during the period 2019-2020.
More than 80,000 drivers have also been removed from the app so far due to ongoing crime and motor vehicle checks, according to the report.
Uber touted the rollout of sexual misconduct education for drivers on the platform and the launch of new product features such as en route reporting – “which allows riders to discreetly report a sexual misconduct issue. non-emergency safety during travel” – to improve passenger safety.
The rideshare service also provides a survivor resource hotline to help survivors who report incidents of sexual assault on the Uber app, the report said.