The student's inability to concentrate on schoolwork, or their inability to go to class at all, can cause a dramatic drop in grades.
A victim may be physically unable to participate in sports activities, a fact that could result in the loss of a scholarship and severe distress or depression.
Crimes of sexual violence are becoming more and more prevalent at today's colleges and universities.
In fact, one in five women are sexually assaulted in college, most often during freshman or sophomore year, according to the 2014 White House Report.
Men can also be the victim of sexual assault on college campuses.
The term sexual assault encompasses multiple actions, including any sexual contact that is forced on an individual without their consent.
In 75-80% of cases, the victim knows her attacker (a friend, classmate, ex-boyfriend or acquaintance).
On college campuses, many victims of sexual assault or rape are survivors of "incapacitated assault," which means that they are abused while drugged, passed out, drunk or incapacitated in some other way that makes legal consent to sex impossible.
Rape and sexual assault are historically underreported across the United States.
When it comes to assaults on college campuses, underreporting is even more of a problem.
According to the Campus Sexual Assault Study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, only 13% of victims of forcible rape report the crime to local police or campus security.