In Summary
  • The report also revealed 19 fatal assaults related to the company over the two-year period.
  • The reported sexual assaults ranged from "non-consensual sexual penetration" to unwanted kissing or touching.

mNearly 6,000 sexual assaults, including more than 450 cases of rape, were reported to Uber in the United States in 2017 and 2018, the ride-sharing company said on Thursday, as it faces increasing pressure to cope with complaints of abuse.

The safety report, which details reports of attacks on both passengers and drivers, is the first time Uber has publicly disclosed the figures.

The report also revealed 19 fatal assaults related to the company over the two-year period.

The reported sexual assaults ranged from "non-consensual sexual penetration" to unwanted kissing or touching.

While the total number of reported assaults went up from 2017 to 2018 in three of five categories, including rape, the ride-sharing service said the frequency of attacks had actually fallen due to the number of trips increasing.

"From 2017 to 2018, Uber saw approximately a 16 per cent decrease in the average incident rate across the five most serious sexual assault categories reported," the report said.

"While these reports are rare, every report represents an individual who came forward to share an intensely painful experience. Even one report is one too many," it said.

The report detailed 10 "fatal physical assaults" related to its service in 2017 and nine in 2018.

"During 2017 and 2018, there were 19 fatal physical assaults occurring in a total of 18 incidents in relation to Uber," the company said.

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