What Are Real Lyft Sexual Assault Survivor Stories? (Trigger Warning)
How Many Sexual Assault Cases Does Lyft Have?
In a Community Safety Report, Lyft stated that it received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assault between 2017 and 2019 in connection with its platform. Reports of sexual assault increased from 1,100 in 2017 to 1,800 in 2019. The following are accounts of various incidents reported by survivors:
Alison Turkos was kidnapped at gunpoint by her Lyft driver, driven across state lines to an isolated park, and subjected to a brutal gang rape by the Lyft driver and two other men who cheered each other on and high fived each other as they took turns raping Ms. Turkos. Levin Simes Abrams filed her case on September 17, 2019. The FBI is investigating this case as a case of human trafficking.
One woman, a resident of Louisiana, told NPR’s All Things Considered that after spending an evening with a friend in New Orleans, she was raped and sodomized by her Lyft driver. Levin Simes Abrams filed her case in August 2019.
Another woman ordered a Lyft after a night out in San Diego. The driver walked her to her door, made his way into her home, and raped her. Levin Simes Abrams filed her case in August 2019.
One woman was sexually assaulted and battered by her driver, who then returned to her residence and broke in. She remains debilitated by the effects of her assault. Levin Simes filed her case on September 17, 2019.
Another woman was attacked by a driver who signed up for Lyft using a stolen ID. Lyft failed to recognize the problem and allowed the driver to use the network and assault his passenger. Levin Simes filed her case on September 17, 2019.