Dallas—Shea Alexander spends most of her day talking about sexual assault. She's the Clinical Director at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Many of the women she helps are college students.
"We know that rape happens on all college campuses, no matter how great a college is, no matter where they are," Alexander said.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates at least one out of five college women will be sexually assaulted. That's a daunting statistic for SMU freshman, Jane Rizzuto.
"Just sitting here (in a nail salon) there's more than five of us and to think that one of us could be sexually assaulted is a really scary thought," Rizzuto.
"It's believable, but scary because I am a college student," said her friend, Lauren Ritchie, an SMU sophomore.
Back in December, an SMU student was allegedly kidnapped and forced to have sex. Police say the attack happened off campus and she was a random target, but crisis experts say in 80% of the cases victims are assaulted by people they know.
Alexander says it can happen at a party.
"If they're too intoxicated to even know what's going on, that's sexual assault," she said.
"Guys generally want the girls at their parties to have a good time because it gives them a better reputation, but if a good time to them is the girls not knowing what they did the next day then there's obviously something wrong there," Ritchie said.
Rizzuto says one of her friends got more than a drink, she got roofied. But the girls know it can happen anywhere. They say SMU taught them about violent crime at orientation. Alexander says that's a start, but there's still a long way to go.
"There is an epidemic and we can not take care of this issue unless people begin to come out of the woodwork and show the real numbers," she said.
Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center Hotline: 972-641-RAPE (7273)