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Female Truck Driver Reports Rape by Co-Driver

Oct
28,
2010
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Rape by Co-Driver

Rape by Co-Driver

It is not an easy subject to talk about but the victim’s voices have to be heard.

We have received another report from a female truck driver claiming she was raped by her owner-operator co-driver.  We are still verifying the information with her and will continue to follow up with further assistance and post updates.  Many in the industry still deny that such crimes take place against women truck drivers.  This denial is largely due to the fact that these people are not actively involved in the true trucking social media realm.

The power of trucking social media is changing the structure of this industry by bringing forth accountability to the industry leaders . . . accountability which they have never had to face in past years.  There “leadership” is slipping away to a degree as more people are realizing that much of what is being done through trucking social media is being proven as true.

For most professional truck drivers, their time is used up by running the road, living the trucker lifestyle and not having the time or ability to actively get involved in driver issues.  For those of us who are in a position to work within the social media of trucking, we actually listen to drivers and the power of trucking social media is giving those truck drivers who are too busy providing for themselves and their families, the ability to have their voices heard from the inside of their rig.  The days of truckers only having the CB radio as a means of speaking out is over.  Trucking social media is giving truck drivers a voice outside of their lifestyle which the industry leaders can no longer ignore.

Such is the case in this most recent report of a female driver being raped by her male co-driver.

Here is the email detailing her story:

“I drove with an owner operator 2 weeks ago from xxxxxxx to xxxxxxxx . Spent 5 days.  Was told my salary, left a respectable company after talking with this man, Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxx, for 6 months to join him. He raped me the first two nights and then has refused to pay me after this nightmare trip.”

“I am a widow now, 3 months behind in my bills. My first year of driving with XXXXXX was called experience, not money. Now I am jobless, sexually violated, and don’t know what or how to stop this monster for doing this to his next driver or drivers.”

“He owns trucks called XXX Xxxxxxxxx.  He just moved to xxxxxxxx from xxxxxxxxx. He is xxxxxxx xxxxxxx and I am a white female.  There is always someone, somewhere, ruining it for somebody.”  {The driver who raped me, XXXXXX, his phone number is:  xxx-xxx-xxxx}.

{I have not yet filed charges or reported this to anyone else.}  “I was told to keep quiet, make no trouble and I would get my money at the end of the trip.  My phone number: xxx-xxx-xxxx – my cell : xxx-xxx-xxxx.  Thank you.

Until we can verify the information fully, we will keep all party names confidential.  Once verified, we will use the power of trucking social media in order to not allow such criminal behavior to go unpunished.   If you are in a position to help this lady in any way, please contact us.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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5 Responses to Female Truck Driver Reports Rape by Co-Driver. - Post a Comment

  1. Kevin

    OH man it sucks it ain’t right violent against women specially in trucking industry work place I’ll stand up for her . so shall we ?

  2. TruckerDesiree

    There are many variables in a situation such as this but the fact reamins that within moments of getting this report we were able to have this person’s DOT#, see his inspection records, see what patterns exist. I hope this sends a message to people who have become “apologists” for bad behavior.

    This drivers information is public knowledge and should he be tied to other criminal activites it would be quite easy to point the correct entities to make sure he does not work in this industry again.

    Would Shippers want a potential rapist on their property? In their communities?

    Some of the other allegations in this story point to activities that indicate “affilations” that are borderline criminal in toher ways.

    Whether or not we can verify all the points of this story, it is a good example of the sort of thing that goes on regularly in trucking.

    Here are a few things to remember:

    A Woman new to the industry is a target.

    An eagerness to make more money is understandable because most students have been lied to by recruiters about how much they will make in their first couple years and they have planned their budget around those lies.

    Students are often told they only need 3-6 months experience at their training carriers and then they will be considered experienced so they can job hop, this is a lie DON’T DO IT!

    Team Driving is exceptionally difficult and if you have little experience you should not do it without a support system from a responsible carrier.

    A person you have talked to or have become friends with over a period of time are often the ones who turn on you once they get you on the truck. These are aquaintence rape situations.

    A predator enjoys the challenge of the chase, earning your trust is part of the game for them.

    Anyone eager to drive with someone with very little experience without seeing them drive should be a red flag.

    A responsible trainer will evaluate the trainee before letting them take control of the truck.

    A responsible co-driver should be mildly worried about your skills and also want to see if you can drive.

    A predator wants to convince you to get on the truck and that they are the only one willing to take you under their wing.

    Get your expeience before you get on a truck with someone who can end your truck driving career in a few days, at least then you will have a chance to get hired on at another carrier.

    The result does not have to be rape in these situations, it can also be a power trip, a need to control another person.

    No one is really watching out for you except you and the predators know it. Please be safe out there.

  3. Marie

    If the woman hadn’t been raped; who would this fella rape next? A young man? child? elderly? certainly another woman. She ought to have had a FREE rape kit done on her, FREE counseling available, and an legal advocate. Sexual Harassment is running rampant in the trucking industry-RAMPANT. It’s the only industry where men can speak to a woman with absolute disregard~via the CB.

  4. Sugar Bear

    This is very scary for me as I am looking for a training situation for my fiance, only God knows what I would do (to this monster) if this was my fiance. It’s bad enough we can’t trust all the companies out here, now we have these monsters out here making it hard for our female driver. This makes me ill .

  5. Sonia

    I am a female driver and trainer. I was very upset reading this story. It is terrible, one of the things women drivers need to understand is that we have to avoid situations that may put us in danger. It’s sad but true, but I avoid getting out of my truck unless I am at my company’s terminal, when I am dining at the truckstops, I try to park close and avoid walking in between trailers. I know I am not allowed to carry.a weapon but I do carry pepper spray on my keys and have thought about a tazer.

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