According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, there are 11.2 percent of all college students experience rape or sexual assault, violence or incapacitation.
And for undergraduate students, the numbers are even higher with 23.1 percent of women and five percent of men experiencing rape or some form of sexual violence.The University of California system wants to change that, so they've come up with their own response team.
The Me Too movement is still fresh on our minds. Couple that with the stories we're hearing of sexual assault or violence and it makes for tough conversations to have with each other - let alone our kids on college campuses. How do we make sure they're safe? The UC system says they're trying to bridge the gap and ABC10's Keristen Holmes found out how they're fighting this behavior.
"There was kind of a need for a way for students to provide feedback to title 9 because before that, there wasn't any way for that to happen," said Claire Chevallier, a student at UC Davis.
Claire and Jessa Rae Growing Thunder are UC Davis' representatives for a new 19 member student advisory board that aims to help the entire UC system better prevent and respond to sexual violence and harassment.
Rae is the Graduate representative of the program on campus. She said that they're looking into issues like, "What's working on our campuses? What do we need to expand on? What do we need to prevent? Education, prevention."
It's a pretty lofty goal, but the students are passionate about the work and excited about what this means for their school and beyond.
"It's important to keep in mind that sexual assault and violence doesn't just happen on college campuses. It affects us as a community, as a nation," said Rae.
"It's my hope that we can reach out to as many students as possible to let them know who we are and to listen to the students and provide as much feedback as we can," Chevallier added
The group just had their first meeting with other UC students and now their classmates are encouraged to reach out to their board member's like Rae and Chevallier to discuss sexual violence issues.
"We're going to be talking to each other about what's working well at each campus and what isn't working so that we can collaborate and see what will be the best methods of prevention," Chevallier concluded.