A Note From The Editor:  Aiming to be a catalyst for positive change, we want to open a safe place for answering questions and keeping you prepared as you explore and go forth in the world. April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we’re lending listening ears to our friends at Her Campus. They work on college campuses across the nation to reduce stigma and increase awareness about sexual assault.

Please note: This article contains information about sexual assault and violence, which may be triggering for survivors.

In a study of undergraduate women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 19 percent of collegiettes experienced attempted or actual sexual assault since entering college. That’s nearly one in five collegiettes.

Unfortunately, odds are that even if you never experience this kind of traumatic violence, someone you know will. With that in mind, it’s important to know how to protect yourself, report assailants, help your friends who are victims of sexual violence, and find help yourself if you do.