Leah Tolliver, director of the Marshall University Women's Center, said it is especially important for victims of sexual assault to seek help.
"It's a traumatic event and you're going to have some kind of traumatic response to those things," Tolliver said. "It's really important to talk to someone supportive."
Marshall tries to prevent crime against students. Tolliver said the women's center distributes a booklet to incoming freshman students with information on sexual assault, including acquaintance rape and signs of non-consent.
The women's center has an on-call counselor 24 hours a day.
Minnix said his department offers eight-week rape defense classes twice a semester.
"It instills a lot more self-confidence," Minnix said.
He said about 200 students go through the program every semester. It teaches risk awareness, reduction and avoidance, along with hands-on physical defense techniques.
Minnix said there are security cameras and emergency help phones around campus, and there are at least two bike patrols and one vehicle patrol at all times.
Tolliver said Marshall is one of 10 West Virginia colleges participating in a federal grant program through the Violence Against Women Act. The three-year grant is a partnership between the 10 schools, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services.
Minnix said the Huntington Police Department has increased patrols in response to the crimes near campus. He said students should travel in groups and be aware of their surroundings, especially at night. He encourages students to save the department's hotline, (304) 696-4357, in their phones.