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Uber driver charged with raping rider on Storrow Drive

State Police report arresting a Waltham man on charges he pulled his Uber over on Storrow Drive near the Hatch Shell and raped his passenger early this morning.

Daudah Mayanja, 37, was charged with two counts of rape, State Police say, adding troopers responded to the scene around 1:15 a.m.

Mayanja is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, State Police say, adding the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Innocent, etc.

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i wonder if he had priors.
if so my idea for an app would be to scan your potential ride-share divers criminal record. it wouldnt end all crimes but it mite help.

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Shouldn't Uber already be doing that?

Would an app be able to have access to that kind of info? I don't think it's public.

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uber was illigal in many cities since they werent medallioned but the previous president (who ironically resigned due to sexual misconduct) shook hands with several mayors so now they are o.k. again.

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Not an Uber problem

Try a search on "boston cab driver rape": At least with Uber and Lyft you have a name and plate number!

This isn't specific to Uber and other rideshares - this is a problem of men thinking they can "take what they want" and get away with it. It predates Uber by a long stretch.

See also: Boston Globe tips on not being raped by your cabbie: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/08/19/after-attacks-two-women-aut...

The victim blaming is an old story, too.

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Maybe more women should be cab/uber/lyft drivers.

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ubers not a victim.

the article you linked to literally says that the driver didnt have a medallion; therefor, the criminal background check wasnt requested for when they tried to obtain their c.d.l.

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I didn't say Uber is a victim. What I'm saying is:

1. GOOGLE SEARCH turns up numerous pre-uber cab rapings in Boston
2. RAPE is a toxic masculinity problem, NOT confined to Uber, Lift, Cabs, etc.
3. Even in 2013 the "advice" was aimed at women and their behavior, not men and their behavior, and there were no efforts to STOP MEN RAPING except for after they had raped. That is the victim blaming.

Perhaps you shouldn't comment on things you don't understand ... or maybe your single track mind is better suited to the MBTA and not motor vehicle issues?

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there were no efforts to STOP MEN RAPING

They make these cute Rugers called the LC9s. They come in pink and purple too.

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Or just not rape.

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BZZZZZZZT!

Carrying a gun just makes women MORE likely to be raped/shot with their own weapon.
https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-study-debunks-the-nras-claim-tha...

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You are saying that disarming women will lower rapes... since you say carrying a gun makes a woman more likely to be raped.

That is dumb logic even for you.

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I guess in this news story the nationality/immigration status of the suspect wasn't revealed...so of course the needledick misogynist victim-blaming jumps out.

You are saying that disarming women will lower rapes... since you say carrying a gun makes a woman more likely to be raped.

Swirly didn't say that...you are the one making things up, rapecoddah, because you hate women and your mother does not love you.

And besides...in Massachusetts only law enforcement can carry firearms in a restaurant/bar. And restaurants/bars are establishments that ride-share customers tend to use Uber and Lyft in droves.

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There is no law which says those who lawfully can carry firearms are not allowed in a bar or restaurant in MA.

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I guess in this news story the nationality/immigration status of the suspect wasn't revealed...so of course the needledick misogynist victim-blaming jumps out.

You are saying that disarming women will lower rapes... since you say carrying a gun makes a woman more likely to be raped.

Swirly didn't say that...you are the one making things up, rapecoddah, because you hate women and your mother does not love you.

And besides...in Massachusetts only law enforcement can carry firearms in a restaurant/bar. And restaurants/bars are establishments that ride-share customers tend to use Uber and Lyft in droves.

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thanx for explaining. i simply didnt know what your previous comment was referencing.

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Or maybe the solution is that women shouldn't be out late at night unaccompanied by men.

Instead of treating all men like rapists recognize their traditional role as protectors.

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got me mad for a second but juuuuust too over the top to be believable. work on the delivery and you'll be trolling at a 10/10 soon enough!

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How long have been in America? Women don't need men to protect them. Men need to be taught from diaper-hood that you don't abuse, rape or kill women. How about that, instead of women not being out late. Women can and absolutely should go where ever they want whenever they want. I think you are just trying to ignite a fire here.

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Rape is bad duh...but if you think me teaching my daughter how to defend herself is victim blaming i have a catch phrase for you stfu

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Have u ever heard of the Sex Offender Registry List?

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A lot of rapists get arrested and charged but then get set free because the victims don’t want to pursue it, and that won’t ahow up on a background check for UBER. (BPD hackney checks would have shown them though). Of course rapists often don’t have records as well

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When shelved rape kits were finally tested, many of them matched known rapists over and over again.

Something like seven or eight rapes or more before some guys got caught in incidents where the cops bothered to investigate: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/nyregion/rape-kit-tests.html

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They don’t even keep statistics on it, but I’m guessing 90% of all sexual assault kits in MA are from known offenders. But the victim doesn’t even have to report it to the police if they don’t want to. If they do, then the kit gets tested 100% of the time. Has nothing to do with the police

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In your hurry to DEFEND THE POLICE OMG POLICE you totally missed the point: there is substantial and growing evidence from this program that it is common for a rapist to commit rape numerous times before facing actual charges. Even if MA tests most rape kits, they have to match with either a suspect or a DNA profile on file somewhere for an identified person that is accessible to local law enforcement to get a rapist off the street.

SORRY TO OFFEND YOU OMG COPS CAN NEVER BE BAD EVER SENSES, but the reality is that rapists rarely confine their activities to a single state or jurisdiction, either.

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Before your pissypants fit, I said that probably 9/10 sexual assaults have known offenders, which means the majority of kits aren't going to be used to find unknown offenders based on DNA hits from federal databases.

Unless your step dad invented the rape kit? If so, I'm sorry. Your right, I'm wrong.

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but IMO, you seem more like the kind of person who's DNA would be found in a rape kit...not somebody who is the go-to expert on the science involved in testing the DNA in rape kits. Your authority on this issue is dubious, to say the least

NOTA BENE: Good grief, can we just call them by what they are: Sexual Assault Forensic Exams. "Rape kit" is inappropriately "cutesy" and misleading.

EDIT: Here is some information about SAFEs/rape kits from RAINN (an organization that does a lot of challenging but important work):

Link source: https://www.rainn.org/articles/rape-kit

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What Is a Rape Kit?

DNA evidence from a crime like sexual assault can be collected from the crime scene, but it can also be collected from your body, clothes, and other personal belongings. You may choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam, sometimes known as a “rape kit,” to preserve possible DNA evidence and receive important medical care. You don’t have to report the crime to have an exam, but the process gives you the chance to safely store evidence should you decide to report at a later time.

To find a location near you that performs sexual assault forensic exams, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or talk to your local sexual assault service provider.

What is a rape kit?
You may have heard the term “rape kit” to refer to a sexual assault forensic exam. The term rape kit actually refers to the kit itself—a container that includes a checklist, materials, and instructions, along with envelopes and containers to package any specimens collected during the exam. A rape kit may also be referred to as a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK). The contents of the kit vary by state and jurisdiction and may include:

Bags and paper sheets for evidence collection
Comb
Documentation forms
Envelopes
Instructions
Materials for blood samples
Swabs
Preparing for a sexual assault forensic exam

If you are able to, try to avoid activities that could potentially damage evidence such as:

Bathing

Showering

Using the restroom

Changing clothes

Combing hair

Cleaning up the area

It’s natural to want to go through these motions after a traumatic experience. If you have done any of these activities, you can still have an exam performed. You may want to bring a spare change of clothes with you to the hospital or health facility where you’re going to have the exam.

In most cases, DNA evidence needs to be collected within 72 hours in order to be analyzed by a crime lab—but a sexual assault forensic exam can reveal other forms of evidence beyond this time frame that can be useful if you decide to report. Place your belongings, including the clothes you were wearing, in a paper bag to safely preserve evidence. If you have questions about the timeframe, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or talk to your local sexual assault service provider.

How long is the exam?

The length of the exam may take a few hours, but the actual time will vary based on several different factors. It may be helpful to have someone to support you during this time. If you call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or contact a local sexual assault service provider, you may be connected with an advocate who can talk to you about the examination and offer support. The advocate may also be able to accompany you during the actual exam. Be aware that if you invite someone other than an advocate into the exam room, they could be called as a witness if you decide to report the crime.

What happens during a sexual assault forensic exam?
The steps below outline the general process for the exam. Remember, you can stop, pause, or skip a step at any time during the exam. It is entirely your choice.

Immediate care. If you have injuries that need immediate attention, those will be taken care of first.
History. You will be asked about your current medications, pre-existing conditions, and other questions pertaining to your health history. Some of the questions, such as those about recent consensual sexual activity, may seem very personal, but these questions are designed to ensure that DNA and other evidence collected from the exam can be connected to the perpetrator. You will also be asked about the details of what has happened to you to help identify all potential areas of injury as well as places on your body or clothes where evidence may be located.

Head-to-toe examination. This part of the exam may be based on your specific experience, which is why it is important to give an accurate history. It may include a full body examination, including internal examinations of the mouth, vagina, and/or anus. It may also include taking samples of blood, urine, swabs of body surface areas, and sometimes hair samples. The trained professional performing the exam may take pictures of your body to document injuries and the examination. With your permission, they may also collect items of clothing, including undergarments. Any other forms of physical evidence that are identified during the examination may be collected and packaged for analysis, such as a torn piece of the perpetrator’s clothing, a stray hair, or debris.

Possible mandatory reporting. If you are a minor, the person performing the exam may be obligated to report it to law enforcement. You can learn more about mandatory reporting laws in your state through RAINN’s State Law Database.

Follow up care. You may be offered prevention treatment for STIs and other forms of medical care that require a follow up appointment with a medical professional. Depending on the circumstances and where you live, the exam site may schedule a follow up appointment, or you can ask about resources in your community that offer follow up care for survivors of sexual assault. Someone from the exam site may also be able to provide information or resources about reporting options.

Who can perform the exam?
Not every hospital or health facility has someone on staff that is specially trained to perform a sexual assault forensic exam and interact with recent survivors of sexual assault. When you call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) you will be directed to a facility that is prepared to give you the care you need.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) — registered nurses who receive specialized education and fulfill clinical requirements to perform the exam
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFEs) and Sexual Assault Examiners (SAEs) — other healthcare professionals who have been instructed and trained to complete the exam

Why should you consider having a sexual assault medical forensic exam?

It won’t cost you. You should not be charged for the exam. The Violence Against Women Act requires states to provide sexual assault forensic exams free of charge if they wish to remain eligible for critical anti-crime grant funding. If you are charged for the exam, immediately contact your local sexual assault service provider.

You can have time to decide if you want to report. The decision to report the crime is entirely yours. It may take some time to decide what to do. Having a sexual assault forensic exam ensures that the forensic evidence will be safely preserved if you decide to report at a later time.

It increases the likelihood of prosecution. The importance of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases cannot be overstated. Not only does DNA evidence carry weight in court, but it may prevent future sexual assaults from occurring. Even if the perpetrator is not prosecuted, their DNA may be added to the national database, making it easier to connect the perpetrator to a future crime.

Your health matters. Sexual assault can affect your physical health. You may have injuries and trauma related to the assaults that aren’t immediately visible. During an exam you may be able to access treatment for these injuries, receive preventative treatment for STIs, and obtain emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy.

How long will the evidence be stored?

The amount of time an evidence kit will be stored varies by state and jurisdiction. A SANE, advocate, or law enforcement officer should let you know how long the evidence will be stored and the state’s rules for disposing the kit. It’s important to note that the amount of time the kit is stored doesn’t necessarily match up with the amount of time that legal action can be taken against a perpetrator, also known as the statute of limitation. If you have questions about timing, statutes of limitation, or any other concerns, contact your local sexual assault service provider.

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But you are clearly special in all sorts of ways so I’m not sure anyone can have an adult conversation with you, you’ve lied multiple times on here and then ge weird when people call you out. Hopefully you are getting the help you need.

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and make sure that these Sexual Assault Forensic Exams don't have your DNA in them.

Ya friggin creep.

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Uber absolutely runs a CORI before you can start driving with them. In fact, displaying a certificate showing you had a background check perfromed on you in the car is mandated, but hardly enforced. I drive for Uber and Lyft, yet as a rider I’ve never see this certificate prominently displayed like they’re supposed to be.

This is terrible. The fact that Uber and Lyft flex so much innovative muscle and still fall short on helping prevent these violent crimes is concerning. I don’t know how to ameliorate this problem, but a quick CORI doesn’t cut it anymore.

As a non-sequitur, Uber has never met me face-to-face before, during, or after my driver enrollment process. Lyft at least mandates your car’s been inspected by somebody before you drive.... just something to think about.

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This is terrible. The fact that Uber and Lyft flex so much innovative muscle and still fall short on helping prevent these violent crimes is concerning. I don’t know how to ameliorate this problem, but a quick CORI doesn’t cut it anymore.

technology isn't value neutral. it reflects the values and POVs of the people designing it. this belief that tech's going to solve all social ills, instead of just entrench existing biases and perspectives, is silly --unfortunately a lot of these techbro start ups have massive blind spots where...y'know, middle-to-wealthy white educated dudes don't realize there's issues. part of the upside of more diversity in tech is, for example, women would point out how many lack of safeguards, etc, there are, and probably have suggestions for fixing it. but lol @ uber hiring and promoting women - their CEO is a scummy creep too. it all flows from the top.

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Interviewed on channel 5, the driver was identified as an immigrant from Uganada. In broken English, he actually gave a somewhat plausible explanation of his side of the story, denying any rape and saying he called Uber HQ to report a problem ten minutes before State Police called him. He then drove straight to the barracks and was fully cooperative.

Regardless, there is no way of US authorities to confirm the true names of migrants from the third world, never mind accessing any database listing "priors" in Uganda. You'd be lucky to get priors from Utah, never mind Uganda. Police in the Lawrence area and across the country regularly find immigrants carrying five or more ID's with different names and the same picture. Much like when Fidel Castro opened his prisons and mental hospitals to ship inmates here in the Mariel Boatlift of the 1980s, we have no idea who they are. Our policy is to simply let them in and "see what happens."

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with a side of falsehoods:

Police in the Lawrence area and across the country regularly find immigrants carrying five or more ID's with different names and the same picture

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Sure, bro.

I prefer a scone with my coffee, but hey, you do you.

No, wait, stop. You're terrible in every way.

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These are just four incidents within the last year, all in the same news report. They are too numerous to list which is remarkable considering most of the multiple ID/EBT card cases aren't released to the media. Enjoy the bagel, try the lox.

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"none of what you "cite" says anything about "regularly around the country".

the old "lots of people are saying" trick, just like your boy cheeto mussolini uses.

never said anything about a bagel either, but i think youre letting a certain prejudice show, so we shouldnt be surprised.

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broken English

Since English is the official language of Uganda, I'm wondering if you consider all English from a Black person broken English, or is it only when it's immigrant Black people?

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Just because English is the official language of a country, that doesn’t mean that citizens all speak fluent English. Often, the language skills are not up to the level of someone from England, the US, or other countries where citizens speak English on a constant basis. It’s more of a lingua franca left over from colonial days.

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That way, you get more people who want to drive for you, and you can weed out lowlifes who are on the platform simply to have women in their cars.

You were at $1.80 a mile, and people liked you...so then you made it $1.20 a mile. Congratulations, Uber, on being the only business in recorded history to cut the price of an in-demand product.

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The only reason I use Uber over Lyft is because they dropped the price. I'd switch back in a second if they cost the same and they would lose me as a customer entirely. Now which is the bigger company, Uber (cheaper) or Lyft (more expensive.) It's a highly competitive business.

And what are they saving up for btw, some sort of rapist detector that goes off when a creep gets behind the wheel? You already need to do a background check, what's your expert vetting system?

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Because I don't see how there's a relationship.

It would only allow the rapists and other criminals to earn more while they do what they do.

It has nothing to do with fares, it has everything to do with poor background checks made by a lazy and complacent company, and the much larger, broader and deeper problem of violence against women.

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the theory is uber is so hard up for drivers at the pittance they currently pay, they're unable to get good (non-criminal) people in cars. if they paid more, people who can pass background checks without issue would be more willing to drive.

have no idea whether this actually plays out in the real world, but it's definitely on-brand for Will's 'free market at all costs' brand of solutions for social ills.

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they already do background checks, so everyone on the platform should have passed without trouble anyway. And equating "clean background check" with socioeconomic level is a very dangerous thing to do. Uber or Lyft will take all the drivers they can, no matter who, raising fares or driver fees won't lead them to suddenly oh-so-carefully curate their driver base with new applicants coming in.

But, you're correct that it's right in line with Will's Randian fever dreams where, if the price is right, things just "work out".

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“Mayanja, who spoke with WCVB in a phone interview since he remains in police custody, said he is innocent.

"That information that aired outside is wrong and false," Mayanja said. "She jumped from the back seat to the driver's seat. When I pulled over, she jumped out from the car, (and) I left the scene. I called my bosses because, after, I noticed that she left her bag inside my car. I called the Uber offices to tell them about the situation."

"About 15 to 20 minutes after calling the Uber offices, I received a call from the police," he added. "She reported to the police that somebody, the driver, tried to rape her."

Mayanja said he drove himself to the state police barracks, gave his statement and was arrested.”

https://www.wcvb.com/amp/article/uber-driver-arrested-for-reported-rape-...

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