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Sexual assaults on college and university campuses are a major problem.

"I don't think a lot of young females that are my age right now are aware of the dangers until they experience it," said Synphany Williams, a student at Atlanta Metropolitan College.

According to a new report from the White House Council on Women and Girls, one in five college students are sexually assaulted but only 12 percent report it. According to the most recent statistics from the Georgia Tech Police Department, there were two reported rapes in 2013, up from one the year before. At The University of Georgia, there were eight reported rapes in 2012 and five in 2011. At Emory University, the numbers are more stark. There were 12 reported rapes in 2011, and 24 in 2012.

"Anytime there is any sexual assault it is a big issue so we take it very seriously," said Dr. Bridget Riordan.

Riordan is the Dean of Students at Emory. She said the rise in reported rape cases is a result of the university's increased efforts to educate students about the dangers of sexual assaults.

"We have a lot of counseling resources, we have a lot of resources for education and how to avoid sexual assaults so once they get that information, it is power, they are able to do something about it," Riordan said.

According to the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, 85 percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. A statistic experts say young women should be aware of.

"You have to use good judgment, don't get too close to certain people, and don't think someone you know wouldn't cause you any harm," said Alicia Garcia, a Georgia State University student.

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