Sexual Assault in Ride-Sharing: Alarming Statistics Emerge

In a groundbreaking move, presents a comprehensive analysis of Uber’s safety report, revealing startling statistics that shed light on the prevalence of sexual assault in ride-sharing.

Over two years, Uber reported nearly 500 rapes during its rides in the United States. These incidents are not isolated cases, but rather a sobering reflection of the rampant sexual violence that permeates our society. delves into the details of the report, examining the impact on passengers, drivers, and the implications for ride-sharing services as a whole.

This timely and thought-provoking article analyzes the report’s findings, explores the complex dynamics of sexual violence in ride-sharing contexts, and offers insights into the steps we can take as a society to ensure the safety of those who rely on ride-sharing services.## FAQs

  1. How many Uber trips ended in rapes in 2018?
    • 235
  2. What percentage of Uber trips resulted in critical safety incidents?
    • 0.0003%
  3. What was the most common type of sexual assault reported in Uber rides?
    • Groping
  4. Did the report include data on assaults against drivers?
    • Yes
  5. What percentage of alleged assaults involved riders as victims?
    • 92% (in the case of alleged rape)
  6. How many non-sexual fatal assaults were reported in the two-year period?
    • 19
  7. What measures has Uber taken to combat sexual assault?
    • RideCheck, on-trip reporting, text-to-911 feature, and continuous background checks
  8. Have other ride-hailing companies made similar safety commitments?
    • Yes, Lyft has pledged to publish a safety report
  9. How many prospective drivers failed Uber’s background checks in 2017 and 2018?
    • Over 1 million
  10. What is Uber’s plan for future safety initiatives?
    • Sharing information about deactivated drivers, creating a ride verification system, and continuing to release safety reports
  11. Why did Uber decide to release this safety transparency report?
    • To confront the issue of sexual violence head-on and to demonstrate their commitment to safety


Uber has released its first-ever safety transparency report, providing data on the number of sexual assaults, other safety incidents, and fatal accidents that occurred during its rides in the US in 2017 and 2018.

The report found that 99.9% of Uber trips ended without any safety reports, while 0.1% detailed minor safety issues. Critical safety incidents, including sexual assaults, accounted for only 0.0003% of rides.

Of the critical incidents, there were 464 rapes and over 5,500 other sexual assault incidents reported in the two-year period. Groping was the most common type of sexual assault, accounting for nearly half of all reports.

Uber also reported 19 non-sexual fatal assaults over the two-year period. Drivers were victims of alleged attacks 45% of the time, while riders were the victims 92% of the time in the case of alleged rape.

Uber’s report highlights the prevalence of sexual assault in society and the need for concerted efforts to combat it. The company has implemented several safety features to its app, including RideCheck, on-trip reporting, and a text-to-911 feature.

Uber plans to continue releasing safety reports every two years and is working on additional initiatives to reduce the number of critical incidents.