Women who use ride-hailing services like Uber are starting to leave hair and fingerprints in their vehicles as evidence in case they are attacked. Some of them spread their advice on TikTok as a warning to all and a reminder of the brutal reality.
User @brennalina It went viral on video sharing platforms After Posting a TikTok About how she leaves DNA and fingerprint evidence every time she takes an Uber. The video started a very important discussion that women should always worry about their safety. Below you can see the entire video and how the internet reacted.
Dear Panda, how can I stay safe while traveling? Have you ever felt unsafe while using Uber or other similar services? Share your thoughts, advice and experiences in the comments. Please share.
bored panda I reached out to TikToker @brennalina via Instagram. She will update her article as soon as she hears from her.
Some women are starting to leave hair and fingerprints in their cars every time they use ridesharing services like Uber.
Image credit: Brenalina
Image credit: Brenalina
You can watch the full TikToker video here
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There’s a good reason why women leave fingerprints and DNA in their cars. The number of sexual assaults our customers have faced is shocking.
According to Uber’s latest safety incident report, which covers 2019 and 2020, there were 3,824 reports of the “five most serious categories of sexual assault” during that time. CNN coverageThis number was 5,981 in 2017 and 2018.
Uber riders were the accused party in sexual assault incident reports 43% of the time in 2019 and 2020, according to the report. In 2017 and 2018 it was 45%.
“Changes in sexual assault reporting rates over time have been influenced by many factors, including how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed platform usage and Uber’s commitment to safety and transparency. “But each reported incident represents a harrowing lived experience for a survivor. Even one report is one too many,” Uber wrote. .
The safe situation is clearly far from over, but Uber is making some changes to improve the situation. For example, in 2018 we introduced continuous background checks for drivers. More than 80,000 drivers have therefore been removed from the platform due to new crime reports. We still have a long way to go before everyone using rideshare services feels completely safe.
some safety rules, Direct from Uber, including requesting a ride indoors, to reduce the amount of time you spend standing alone outside. Also, ask the driver to check your name. For example, you can ask, “Who picked you up?”
Avoid sitting right next to the driver’s seat in the front of the car. Gives you more space and allows you to exit the car on either side if needed.
Also, don’t forget to share your trip details with your loved ones, such as family and friends. And above all, follow your intuition. If your gut is telling you something is wrong, it probably is.
As we have previously covered about Bored Panda, many young women who are victims of harassment tend to blame themselves What happened. This makes them reluctant to talk about what happened to their loved ones. I am afraid that her parents and other family members will blame me.
It is the community that can help rebuild a sense of security in the area. Getting to know and forming relationships with your neighbors can provide a support network when you need help.