ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you've been impacted by sexual assault or domestic violence, you're not alone.
Community leaders said these are nationwide problems.
Now they're taking strides to fight sexual assault and domestic violence in our community.
Studies reveal it happens everywhere...sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
All issues young people are facing nationwide.
According to the national sex violence resource center one in five women and one in 71 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
"That's something that is a serious matter and we just want to make sure we address it within our college campus community, said Title IX coordinator at Albany State University, Cadedria Hill.
Hill is leading efforts to stop assaults and violence in the Albany community.
She applied for a $300,0000 grant on behalf of ASU from the U.S. Department of Justice on Violence Against Women to implement a 5-E initiative; to engage, educate, empower and enhance the community.
"It's not just on campus," said Hill. "It's a community effort. We realize we are an open campus and a lot of the instances that happen off campus, we have to deal with from a campus administrative perspective as well."
Leaders at ASU have collaborated with the local police departments and organizations like the Lily Pad and Turning Point behavioral health to create what they believe is a comprehensive plan to address the issues through special trainings and informational sessions.
"That grant will help set up protocol that will address any type of sexual complaints or assaults, dating violence, anything along that line," said Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle.
"We want to make sure the victims are not lacking any of the resources that we have available," said Hill.
ASU leaders will know if they've been approved for the grant no later than October.
Hill said even if the university does not get the grant, they plan to still work with the community partners to fight the issues as best they can.