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Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Dec 5, 2019, 5:25 PM
FILE - This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of...
FILE - This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults occurred during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report.

That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders.

In 2017, the company said 2,936 sexual assaults were reported.

Uber and competitor Lyft have faced a backlash for not doing enough to protect the safety of its riders and drivers.

This safety report is the first of its kind, the company said in a tweet.

“Keeping this information in the dark doesn’t make anyone safer,” Uber said in a statement announcing the report.

The company also said Uber rides were involved in 58 traffic fatalities.

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