New study says 1 in 5 college females are raped or have had a sexual assault

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HOUSTON, TX - Everyone knows college tuition is expensive, but this is too high a price to pay for an education. We're talking about sexual assault taking place on campuses and dorm rooms all over our country. Almost one out of every five female students was raped or experienced attempted sexual assault during her freshman year. This shocking stat was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, but it's not the first time we're hearing about these nauseating numbers. President Obama spoke out about it early last year when he announced a task force to look into sexual assault in schools.

A scary situation to be in, but experts urge young ladies take certain steps on campus to minimize the possible risk of a sexual assault. Amber Paaso, at the Fort Bend Women's Center says,"Ladies need to go together in groups, create a buddy system when they're going out. I think it's also important for them to decide when they're going on a date, where they want to set their boundaries for that date when it come to any physical contact and to be very confident and firm on where those boundaries end."

And one of the biggest contributors to unwanted sexual behavior in college is booze. A sobering reminder of the horrors that plague campuses. College is supposed to be a time for higher learning, but unfortunately many students are learning some hard lessons also.