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How Uber And Lyft Fail To Protect Passengers & Drivers From Sexual Assault

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In this posed picture, the Uber app is opened on a mobile phone, backdropped by other transport services in London, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss reports of sexual assault happening during Uber and Lyft rides. In an extensive report, Uber revealed they received 5,981 reports of sexual abuse of passengers and drivers between 2017 and 2018.

Last week, 19 women filed a lawsuit against Lyft claiming they were sexually assaulted or raped by drivers. They say Uber and Lyft have failed to protect riders by not installing safety features like video cameras. What will it take for these companies to implement safety features and how should they be held accountable?

Guests:

Michael Bomberger, attorney with Rideshare Sexual Assault Lawyers and co-founder of Estey & Bomberger

Tamera Streeter, sexual assault victim advocate with Estey & Bomberger

Caroline Miller, Lyft sexual assault victim who is represented byEstey & Bomberger

Jane Roe 2 (name changed to protect identity), Lyft sexual assault victim who is represented byEstey & Bomberger

Web Resources:

Vox: It’s not just passengers being assaulted in Ubers. Drivers are at risk, too.

CBS News: Passengers sue Lyft claiming they were sexually assaulted by drivers

Washington Post: Uber discloses 3,000 reports of sexual assault on U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety study