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She was so intoxicated she had to ask the driver to stop so she could vomit. She says she then passed out in the backseat. When she regained consciousness, the Uber driver was on top of her, raping her, a block from her home, according to the police report and two sources familiar with the investigation. She was able to escape and dial Police later arrested the Uber driver, John David Sanchez, When they searched his computer, they found videos of Sanchez raping women and abusing young teenagers, dating back at least five years.

In November, Sanchez was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the rape of the Uber passenger and 33 other counts against him, including sexual assaults of at least nine other women and children. Sanchez drugged many of his victims. The drivers were arrested, are wanted by police, or have been named in civil suits related to the incidents. At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found.

There is no publicly available data for the number of sexual assaults by Uber drivers or for drivers of other rideshare companies. She took an Uber home. She says she passed out along the way and woke up the next morning with her pants and underwear on the floor. The Uber driver allegedly carried her into her apartment, threw her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her. She is a plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against Uber. A woman in Long Beach, California, who alleges she fell asleep intoxicated in the back of an Uber in , told CNN that she woke up with the driver assaulting her.

The driver, 47, was found the next day with her phone and later arrested. He claimed the sex was consensual and the district attorney dropped the criminal case against him. She is suing Uber over the incident and for representing its services as "safe.

I want a voice. Uber provides 15 million rides a day. In , Uber set up a popup kiosk in Toronto to offer free rides to those who blew into breathalyzers. The majority of the police reports reviewed by CNN involved incidents that took place in or near major cities across the country. Uber did not provide numbers on how many of its drivers have been accused of sexual assaults.

Five drivers across various states told CNN they were not provided any kind of sexual harassment or assault training. Uber said it updated its standards in December to specify no sexual contact is permitted when using its platform. Last week, the company posted a sexual assault prevention video on its website to inform drivers and riders "how to create a safer community. The changes came after CNN first contacted Uber about this story. It canceled an on-camera interview with an Uber executive earlier this month.

The company also said it plans to roll out a dedicated "safety center" within the Uber app where riders can designate contacts they want to share trip details with while they ride; it will also have an emergency button allowing users to call from inside the app. While Uber is not immune to this societal issue, we want to be part of the solution to end this violence forever.

A similar CNN review using the same methodology found 18 cases of Lyft drivers accused in the past four years. Four drivers have been convicted. But each company performs its own background checks. Both companies mostly conduct digital background checks via a startup called Checkr. Uber said it reviews the records of driver candidates that are surfaced to the company by its background check provider.

It said any serious criminal convictions, like sexual assault, sex crimes against children and kidnapping, would disqualify candidates. But when pressed by CNN, a spokesperson said in January it started running screenings on drivers every two years in mid In addition to its recent announcement about annual background checks on drivers, Uber plans to monitor new criminal offenses via public records or pending DUI charges as they happen.

CNN found two instances in which drivers pleaded guilty to sexual assaults while working for both Uber and Lyft. In one case, a Seattle driver began driving for Lyft after Uber discharged him, according to court documents. He later sexually assaulted a Lyft rider.

In the other case, a driver pleaded guilty in San Diego to indecent exposure and the false imprisonment of an Uber passenger, as well as battery for a separate incident involving a Lyft passenger. Police are tracking reported crimes by drivers Of the Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse, for 18 of them, criminal cases did not move forward either because charges were dropped, cases were dismissed, or drivers were found not guilty.

In addition to finding the drivers accused of crimes or named in a civil lawsuit, CNN contacted more than 20 police departments to obtain data on complaints that involved Uber or Lyft drivers and sexual assault. Four police departments -- Austin, Boston, Denver and Los Angeles -- tracked crimes involving rideshare drivers and shared their data on sexual assault complaints.

CNN did not include most of these complaints in its tally of cases, because they could not all be verified with incident reports. However, the numbers suggest that there may be many more overall incidents of sexual assault than the cases found in the CNN investigation.

The Boston Police Department received 24 complaints or reports of Uber drivers allegedly sexually assaulting passengers since The department received three assault-related complaints involving Lyft drivers during the same period. Since , the Los Angeles Police Department has received at least 13 similar complaints about Uber drivers, eight regarding Lyft drivers and more than a dozen about ride-share drivers whose companies were unclear in data shared with CNN.

Only one of those cases led to an arrest. In Austin, police have documented at least 16 sexual assault complaints about Uber drivers -- and at least ten about Lyft drivers -- since Meanwhile, the Denver police department has recorded at least nine sexual assault or abuse complaints about Uber drivers and at least 12 about Lyft drivers since , but only two of those complaints resulted in criminal charges.

Most of the other Denver cases became inactive due to lack of witness cooperation or were refused by the district attorney for lack of evidence. The Uber driver, who had a previous record that included rape and molestation, was sentenced to life in prison. The incident sparked protests and caused authorities to temporarily ban Uber from the city for six weeks. That case, and questions about how Uber handled it , thrust the issue into the spotlight. Uber is trying to compel the women to carry out their case through arbitration per its legal terms of service.

When users sign up for Uber, they agree to its terms, which includes resolving any claim "on an individual basis in arbitration. Uber passenger alleging rape speaks An Uber spokesperson previously issued a statement to CNN about forcing the case into arbitration, calling it the "appropriate venue for this case because it allows the plaintiffs to publicly speak out as much as they want and have control over their individual privacy at the same time.

Victims tend to be female and petite, live alone, and were inebriated at the time of the alleged assault, she told CNN. Multiple attorneys across the country were similarly silent about their cases against Uber. Like many large companies, Uber requires all parties to sign a confidentially agreement when a case is settled. Uber has done a miraculous job at keeping this story quiet.


Apr 30, †∑ A CNN investigation has found that Sanchez is just one of at least Uber drivers in the U.S. who have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the past four years. A new report from Harvard Kennedy Schoolís Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of the presidential candidates in the year leading up to the primaries.

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