Four years ago, Julia Freifeld moved into her college dorm room along the central coast of California to begin a new chapter in her life. She had enrolled in her first classes at her university and was ready to begin her education. Julia was excited to learn in her college courses, but what she learned outside the classroom ended up changing her life forever...
During Julia's first week of college, two of her close friends were sexually assaulted.
This was an experience that Julia never imagined would happen. It was only the first week of college, and now the lives of her two friends (and her own life) would never be the same.
Through her research, Julia discovered two surprising facts about sexual violence occurring on college campuses:
- One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while attending college
- Over 90% of sexual assault victims in college do not even report the assault
This discovery led her to a decision that would ultimately change the rest of her life. Julia decided to dedicate her life towards learning about and preventing sexual violence in her own community and across the world.
Click here to see what Julia created to help victims of Sexual Violence.