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LYFT RELEASES SEXUAL ASSAULT DATA; 4,158 INCIDENTS; 360 RAPE REPORTS OVER 3 YEARS

CNN- Oct 22, 2021

Ridehail company Lyft on Thursday released its first ever safety report, disclosing that it received 4,158 reports of sexual assault on its platform in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
 

The disclosure comes more than three years after Lyft (LYFT) and its rival Uber (UBER) first pledged to release safety reports disclosing incidents of sexual assault and abuse on their platforms after a CNN investigation.

The company's release shows that among the sexual assault reports it received, 360 were reports of rape. It also reported 10 deaths from physical assaults that occurred on its platform over the three years.

UBER RELEASES SAFETY REPORT REVEALING 5,981 INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

CNN- Dec 6, 2019

Uber released its highly-anticipated safety report on Thursday revealing, among other details, that it received 5,981 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018.

Among those, there were 464 reports of rape.

The report, which comes more than a year after a CNN investigation into sexual assault and abuse on the ride-hailing service, also noted there were 19 deaths caused by physical assault during 2017 and 2018.

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#WHATSMYNAME Featured On NYU'S
YOU MATTER
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After their tragedy, Seymour Josephson and his wife, Marci, began educating the community about rideshare safety through their #What’s My Name Foundation. 
 

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FEATURES RIDESHARE SAFETY MESSAGE  

2021 MLB All-Star Game Includes Video and Signage Featuring Samantha Josephson &
#WHATSMYNAME #SAMISTRONG

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Thanks to Meredith Corporation, People Magazine and Martha Stewart Living for featuring our

Public Service Announcement! 

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ROBBINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL & #WHATSMYNAME FOUNDATION

Robbinsville High School (Robbinsville, NJ) worked with us as part of Senior Safety Day! 

#WHATSMYNAME #SAMISTRONG

Police Departments  Align With #WHATSMYNAME Foundation

Police Departments are aligning with #WHATSMYNAME Foundation by purchasing street signs, banners and other signage to educate the public about Rideshare Safety. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us for additional information! 

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Updated: Jul 5

Joe Gatto, Darius Rucker, Jason Alexander & Bob Saget Commit to Helping Prevent Another Tragedy



May 20, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Celebrities Joe Gatto, Darius Rucker, Jason Alexander, and Bob Saget are participating in a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) series which focuses on increasing awareness of Rideshare Safety. The goal of the PSA series is to prevent a tragedy like what happened to Samantha Josephson, who was killed by a fake Rideshare driver two years ago.


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 release of the new Rideshare PSA series arrives as the U.S. is projected to experience significant increases in Memorial Day travel. According to a AAA Memorial Day forecast published this week, more than 37 million people are expected to travel for the Memorial Day holiday weekend -- a huge increase over last year's 20 million, which will fuel additional rideshare traffic for companies like Uber and Lyft as well.


“I implore everyone to follow these simple steps before getting into a Rideshare vehicle. What happened to Samantha Josephson should never happen again,” declares Actor/Producer Joe Gatto in the PSA.


In addition to Joe Gatto, Singer/Songwriter Darius Rucker, Actor Jason Alexander and Comedian Bob Saget have joined the Campaign. Several other well known celebrities will be added as well.


"No family should ever have to experience the heartbreak we endured when we learned what happened to our daughter that fateful night," said Seymour Josephson, founder of the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation. “This PSA focused on Rideshare Safety represents another initiative to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”


The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation is seeking additional partners to expand the reach and impact of this new Rideshare Safety PSA. Please contact Seymour Josephson for information at whatsmyname.sj@gmail.com.


About #WHATSMYNAME Foundation

The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation is a 501C non-profit organization that was established in honor of their daughter, Samantha Josephson, who was kidnapped and murdered during her senior year at the University of South Carolina by a man posing as an Uber driver. The Foundation’s goal is to educate the world about rideshare safety best practices so that no other family will have to suffer this kind of tragedy.


For additional information, please visit www.whatsmyname.org.


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