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University of Southern California Student Reportedly Assaulted by Ride-Share Driver in Car

“A student from the University of Southern California was reportedly assaulted by a ride-share driver after a night out on Halloween.

The incident occurred when the student, who had spent the evening in West Hollywood, was picked up by the ride-share driver. The attack reportedly took place inside the vehicle on the 3600 block of South Grand Avenue.

Authorities are currently seeking the driver, described as a slim man in his mid-20s to mid-30s, with black hair and a black beard.

The student, who had been at the Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood, had booked a black sedan through a ride-sharing app. The assault is said to have occurred around 3am Wednesday near her apartment close to the USC campus.

Lyft, responding to the situation, stated to DailyMail.com, ‘We are deeply concerned about this incident. At present, we haven’t found a report or ride that matches the details provided and are unable to confirm if it involved our service. We’ve contacted law enforcement and are fully prepared to support their investigation.’

USC also issued a community alert, sharing details and a description of the suspect.

Lyft’s first safety report, published in 2021, revealed over 4,000 sexual assault claims from 2017 to 2019. This followed a similar report by Uber in 2019, which disclosed approximately 6,000 cases in the same timeframe.

Lyft’s report detailed 1,096 sexual assault claims in 2017, 1,255 in 2018, and 1,807 in 2019, including 360 reports of rape over the three years.

Acknowledging the underreporting of sexual assault, Lyft noted in their statement, ‘Sexual assault is often not reported immediately, and survivors may take months or years to come forward, if at all. For this reason, our report includes all incidents reported in 2017, 2018, and 2019, irrespective of when they actually occurred.'”

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