Lyft admits it recorded 4,000 sexual assault claims in long-awaited report

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The ride-hailing app Lyft received much than 4,000 reports of intersexual assaults during rides from 2017 to 2019, the institution revealed successful a caller report, including 1,800 reports successful 2019 alone.

Lyft revealed the numbers connected Thursday, aft having pledged successful 2019 to bash so. In its report, the institution said the fig of intersexual battle reports collected done its app had risen from 1,096 successful 2017 to 1,255 successful 2018 and 1,807 successful 2019.

More than fractional of the incidents successful 2019 were reported arsenic “non-consensual touching of a intersexual assemblage part”, according to the report. Another 156 reports progressive non-consensual intersexual penetration, according to the report. It besides listed 10 fatal assaults from 2017 done 2019, including 4 successful 2019.

Lyft released the figures astir 2 years aft its rival Uber enactment retired a akin study that showed much than 3,000 intersexual assaults were reported connected rides wrong the US successful 2018.

Ride-hailing companies person travel nether expanding scrutiny implicit information issues, particularly intersexual assaults, with victims and members of Congress putting accrued unit connected the platforms to act.

Alison Turkos, a New York City nonmigratory who has sued Lyft, alleging her operator sexually assaulted her successful 2017, said connected Friday that the study came aft years of unit from herself and different survivors.

“Rideshare intersexual battle is simply a systemic occupation and 1 Lyft actively chooses to ignore,” she said connected Twitter. “It is exhausting holding a billion-dollar tech institution accountable but I volition ne'er backmost down. We merit better.”

In a people enactment suit successful 2018, nine women accused Uber of attempting to soundlessness their reports of intersexual battle by forcing them to individually settee their cases done arbitration, a backstage process that often results successful confidentiality agreements. Uber was fined $59m by a California regulator successful 2020 for failing to comply with a petition for information connected intersexual battle incidents successful its vehicles.

Lyft was sued by much than a twelve women successful 2019 who alleged the institution had failed to enact basal information measures that would person prevented the alleged assaults. The women besides said the institution downplayed the seriousness of the attacks erstwhile they were reported.

Lyft says it screens each drivers with archetypal and yearly inheritance checks and that it monitors transgression and driving records. A institution authoritative said successful a blogpost connected Thursday that the complaint of intersexual assaults arsenic a percent of rides decreased by 19% implicit the three-year play covered successful the report. The institution besides said that from 2017 to 2019, much than 99% of rides occurred without immoderate reported safety-related incident.

“While information incidents connected our level are incredibly rare, we recognize that adjacent 1 is excessively many,” Jennifer Brandenburger, the company’s caput of argumentation improvement and research, said successful the blogpost.

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