Lyft says 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019

The ridesharing company said 731 of those claims were pending litigation Lyft says 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019 Lyft has said 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019 – an…

Lyft says 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019

The ridesharing company said 731 of those claims were pending litigation

Lyft says 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019

Lyft has said 1,807 sexual assaults occurred in rides in 2019 – an average of 78 claims of sexual assault and battery per day – and that 731 of those claims were pending litigation, citing data from the Rape Crisis Centre of San Francisco.

In its 2018 Action Plan on Stop Sexual Assault, the ridesharing company urged users to reach out to its support teams with any concerns.

“To date, we have helped more than 170 survivors reach out to Lyft Support to report, learn more or resolve related issues,” it said in a letter sent to the New York Times. “These numbers demonstrate that we have made tremendous progress in addressing the issue and, on an annual basis, around the world, many thousands of Lyft riders experience sexual assault or sexual harassment in their rides.”

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The reports included sexual harassment, abuse or assault by an employee or contractor or other people who had implied or directly threatened to harm or kill them, the company said. Victims were identifying as male, female, trans or non-binary, and age 18 and over, the company said.

There was no indication how the company determined an assault or harassment claim was likely to be prosecuted.

Plans for effective sexual assault detection and prevention include an investigation into the number of incidents reported by the ride-sharing service, the provision of trauma-informed treatment, trainings and interventions with drivers and a role-playing with its customers, it said.

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