Omaha woman tells police she was sexually assaulted by Uber driver

OMAHA, Neb. - A woman tells police she was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver in Omaha over the weekend. 

According to a police report, an Uber driver sexually assaulted a female passenger just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The Uber driver is known as Jerry and is 50 years of age driving a Dodge caravan. 

The assault happened in the parking lot of her apartment complex near north 145th Plaza when she was dropped off at her complex with a friend.

The victim tells 3 News Now she was coming back home from a friends house and the driver went to the wrong address, when she put in the correct address, the victim and her friend passed out and woke up to the driver sexually assaulting her. 

"It's terrifying, it's so scary to think about-you know you paid for a service you're expecting safety, you're expecting respect from people who provided that service and when you don't receive that it's really scary to think about," said Elizabeth Power, director of marketing and public relations of Women's Center for Advancement.

Power said perpetrators can be anywhere even if they are taking you home, "You just need to remember that they are out there."

And trust your gut if you think something is up, "If something feels wrong to you, by all means stop the ride and get out," said Power. 

Just this past week Uber said they are trying to improve the experience sexual assault victims have with call center employees. 

"When they are receiving a call of this nature it's critically important how we respond and that that can be life-changing for that person," said Tracey Beeden, Uber Global Safety Communications. 

Some have said the company should go further adding an in-panic button, cameras in cars and a finger print based background checks for drivers. 

Uber did send out information on sexual assault prevention to riders and drivers through their app. 
"We're hopeful that they will all look at it," said Breeden. 

3 News Now reached out to Uber for this specific incident and have not heard back.

The investigation is ongoing. 

To learn more about sexual assault prevention or want to know where some of the best resources to go to involving sexual assault click here: https://wcaomaha.org/

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