Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, recently disclosed that 3,000 sexual assaults were reported on its U.S. rides last year as part of its long-awaited safety study. In the safety study, Uber said it recorded 235 instances of rape last year and thousands of reports of assault involving unwanted touching, kissing, or attempted rape. The safety study also examined other safety categories such as motor-vehicle deaths and violent crimes, with Uber reporting 107 motor-vehicle fatalities and 19 fatal physical assaults. Uber reported that it conducted the safety study to show transparency and to improve its services for both riders and drivers.
Uber released its highly anticipated safety report last Thursday revealing 5,981 incidents of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018. Although the report identifies 21 categories of sexual misconduct, it defines "sexual assault" as a reported instance of rape, attempted rape, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body party, non-consensual touching of a sexual body party, and non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part.
A 30-year old woman was repeatedly raped by an employee of a long-term care facility called Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who was dependent on a feeding tube and unable to speak, was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while under the care of the facility. The sexual abuse went unnoticed by the facility until the woman gave birth to a baby boy.
Given the depravity of the act, it is no surprise that we think of prison as the most common form of punishment for individuals who commit sexual assault. In a criminal proceeding, the prosecutor focuses on proving that a crime was committed and that the defendant should be locked up. While the victim's testimony may be instrumental to a conviction, the criminal justice system cannot do anything to financially compensate the victim for the trauma they suffered. However, there are other ways for victims of sexual assault to get the justice they deserve. The only way for a victim to be financially compensated for the harm they suffered is by bringing a civil lawsuit.
On April 30, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in North Dallas alleging the center did nothing to prevent the repeated sexual abuse of a young teenage girl by a staff member working as a trainer. The lawsuit alleges the center even ignored a manager's repeated reports about the staff member's inappropriate conduct and behavior.
On December 29, 2018, an Arizona woman who had been in a vegetative state for ten years unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy. The woman was a patient at Hacienda Healthcare, a facility for people in need of long-term medical care, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Caregivers of the facility had no idea the patient was pregnant until she went into labor. Phoenix police immediately began a sexual assault investigation.
More than four hundred women have come forward to accuse former University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, of sexual misconduct. After the events at Michigan State University surrounding Larry Nassar, women are calling on USC to handle these allegations differently. Rachael Denhollander said, "I'm asking USC-do it better this time. Do it better than MSU did. Treat these women like the family you promised them they were."
A former Lyft driver attempted to sexually assault a woman in Austin, Texas after picking her up downtown on West 6th Street. According to police reports, forty-six-year-old Daniel Kifle is a former Lyft driver that continued to pose as a Lyft driver and who victimized at least four women and attempted to sexually assault at least two of them.
Alaska Airlines co-pilot Betty Pina had two glasses of wine on a layover in June of 2017 brought to her by the captain she was paired with for a three-day assignment. The next thing Pina remembers is waking up in a vomit-soaked bed, naked from the waist down. Pina, realizing her and the captain had been in the same bed, found and pulled on her pants, stumbled into the bathroom and vomited again.
The family of a 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer's is suing Charter Communications and DCOMM Inc. after the woman, who is not named in the lawsuit, was raped last year while having communications services set up in her home.