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10/22/2014 10:03 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2014

College Domestic Violence Survivors On What They Wish They Had Known

Savannah Badalich wished she had understood the basic definition of consent years ago.

"I didn't really understand it as positive, unambiguous, voluntary, enthusiastic -- It cannot be given from the absence of a no," said Badalich, founder of 7000 in Solidarity, a sexual assault advocacy group at UCLA.

"It’s revocable," she continued. "You have to ask it throughout the sexual encounter. Consent as a basis, I mean, I didn’t really understand it until after I was assaulted and trying to figure out what my rights were."

Badalich and two other people who experienced sexual and domestic violence in college spoke with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Tuesday about what they wish they have known prior to their assaults.

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev joined the conversation as someone who has been outspoken about her own dealings with domestic violence. She said it's important to start the conversations about sexual abuse young so teens know about the resources available to them.

"I didn't know what to do, and I'm sure a lot of other kids out there don't know what to do when they get into these situations," Kazantsev said.

Watch the video above for more advice on advice to prevent domestic abuse advice and click here to watch the full segment on domestic violence awareness.

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