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What If I was Intoxicated When I Was Sexually Assaulted by an Uber or Lyft Driver?

Thousands of women are sexually assaulted each year by Uber or Lyft drivers. In most of these situations, the drivers try to take advantage of intoxicated females. Sadly, many women never say anything because they blame themselves. As stated by the Rideshare Sexual Assault lawyers at Estey & Bomberger (the premier Uber & Lyft sexual assault lawyers in the country):

Intoxication is not an excuse for sexual assault. If you were intoxicated at the time that you were sexually assaulted, you’re still entitled to compensation, full compensation for that sexual assault. Whether or not you are intoxicated, you need to consent to be physically touched by another individual. And your level of intoxication does not come into.

There is Never a Justifiable Excuse for Sexual Assault. Period.

Uber and Lyft promise safe and reliable transportation, especially when one might not be in the best condition to drive, such as after consuming alcohol. But with rising reports of assaults on intoxicated passengers, it’s crucial to address the issue head-on and debunk the myths surrounding it.

Intoxication Does Not Mean Consent

One of the most harmful myths surrounding sexual assault is the notion that an intoxicated individual is somehow more “responsible” for the crime committed against them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. No level of intoxication ever implies consent. Every individual, regardless of their state, deserves respect and safety.

The Duty of Care Owed by Uber & Left

Drivers associated with ride-sharing platforms undergo background checks and are expected to uphold a certain standard of professionalism and care (although insufficient background checks are a whole different topic as it’s a huge problem and reason for so many sexual assaults). When passengers, especially women, book a ride, they trust the platform and the driver to transport them safely. Any violation of this trust, especially of a sexual nature, is a serious breach of the driver’s duty and responsibility.

The Culture of Victim-Blaming

Society often places undue blame on survivors of sexual assault, scrutinizing their actions, attire, or state of mind. This culture of victim-blaming is not only unjust but also perpetuates harmful stereotypes. Pointing fingers at an intoxicated victim rather than the perpetrator is a glaring example of this. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing. It doesn’t matter how much you had to drink. The blame is 100% on the driver.

Ride-Sharing Platforms and Responsibility

While the onus of the crime rests squarely on the perpetrator, ride-sharing companies must also be proactive. They need to enhance their safety protocols, provide continuous training to drivers about passenger safety, and ensure swift action against any driver reported for misconduct. They also need to do a much better job of properly vetting the people they hire.

We Stand with Survivors

Survivors of assault, especially in situations where they were intoxicated, often face undue scrutiny and blame. It’s essential to stand with them, offer support, and continuously emphasize that they are not at fault. Creating safe spaces for them to share their experiences and seek justice is vital.

Legal Rights and Victim Compensation

If you, a loved one, or a friend is in need of legal help, the team at Help for Injured Women can connect you with the very best attorneys in your area.

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