HELP US PREVENT ANOTHER UNIMAGINABLE
On March 29, 2019, Samantha Josephson, a 21 year-old senior at the University of South Carolina, was kidnapped and murdered when she was targeted by a person posing as a rideshare driver. Immediately following this unfathomable tragedy, Samantha's parents, Seymour and Marci Josephson, set out to educate others on the importance of ride share safety so that no other family would have to suffer this kind of loss.
The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation was established in honor of their daughter, Samantha Josephson.
Uber Releases Safety Data: 998 Sexual Assault Incidents Including 141 Rape Reports In 2020; 20 fatalities as a result of physical assaults
3,824 reports of Sexual Assaults Included In 2019/20 Report
By Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN Business
Even as its ridership was decimated by the pandemic in 2020, Uber recorded 141 reports of rape on its platform in the United States, the company disclosed in its safety report released Thursday.
The 78-page report, which covers 2019 and 2020, is the second-ever Uber has released regarding safety incidents following a CNN investigation into sexual assault and abuse on the ride-hailing platform four years ago.
In its latest report, Uber said it received 3,824 reports of the five most severe categories of sexual assault, which range from “non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part” to “non-consensual sexual penetration,” or rape. That’s down from the 5,981 reports it recorded in 2017 and 2018, per its first report released in December 2019. Uber said that riders were the accused party 43% of the time in sexual assault incident reports, similar to its previous report (45%).
Thanks to IACLEA for a terrific Conference!
We had some GREAT meetings with College Chiefs of Police, and met some new colleagues to partner with in the future! Contact us if you are interested in implementing a Rideshare Safety Program for your School/ College/University as well!
The Township of Robbinsville had Fresh Start Landscaping build a patio and rock garden and it was dedicated to Samantha in September at our fundraiser.
The center piece was just put in today by Fresh Start. It took about 5-6 months to have made. We just wanted to share with everyone as 3 years is quickly approaching unfortunately! Thank you to Robbinsville Twp and Fresh Start.
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Port Authority of
NY NJ Aligns with WHATSMYNAME Foundation for Rideshare Safety
NJ/NY Port Authority is now deploying over 400 SAMI signs at Newark Airport, JFK, LaGuardia Airport, 3 Bus Terminals, the World Trade Center, & the NJ/NY Path!
WHIPPANY, NJ — In memory of Livingston native Marci Josephson’s daughter Samantha—who was a senior at University of South Carolina in 2019 when she was abducted and killed by a man posing as an Uber driver—a group of friends and supporters are hosting a fundraiser and ride-safety awareness event in February benefiting the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation.
Thanks so much for your support!
We appreciate all of the people and organizations who supported this event.