Uber revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults occurred during rides on its service in the U.S. in 2018. It shared these statistics in a comprehensive U.S. Safety Report on Thursday.
The ride-hailing company and peers, including Lyft, have been criticized over these personal safety issues for years. Uber has seen an uptick in lawsuits over sexual assaults that allegedly occurred between riders and drivers in recent years.
Thursday's report also revealed that Uber received 235 reports of rape -- the most serious category of sexual assault -- during rides in 2018, an average of four reported incidents a week in the states. That was a worse than the 229 reports of rape that the company received in 2017, but the rate of those reports decreased by 17%.
Drivers and passengers using Uber's ride-hailing service are both at risk. Riders accounted for 45% of accused parties across the 5 most serious sexual assault categories, Uber said in its report. (Some riders reportedly assaulted other riders.) However, 92% of the reported rapes were allegedly committed by drivers.
"Voluntarily publishing a report that discusses these difficult safety issues is not easy," wrote Tony West, chief legal officer at Uber in the report.
He also outlined what Uber was doing to prevent further sexual abuse and assaults, including the following:
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that while the number of reports of rape increased from 2017 to 2018, the rate of those reports decreased based on the number of rides taken in 2018.