Cadets Study Effects of Sexual Assault
In a move to bring attention to the effects of sexual assault, Citadel cadet Harris Ligon founded a 1 in 4 chapter on the college campus. The group, 1 in 4, which takes its name from a nationwide research that says one in four college women will survive being sexually assaulted, is part of the national organization whose mission is to educate men on the effects of rape and sexual assault on women.
A senior and a psychology major from Beach Island, N.C., Ligon is the regimental human affairs officer at The Citadel. Following graduation in May, he will join an RV tour organized by the National Organization of Men’s Outreach, the parent organization of 1 in 4. Ligon will travel to college campuses throughout the nation from August 2006 through June 2007. The group’s mission is to present the 1 in 4 program to college males, including fraternities and sports teams, educating them on how to respond to and assist women who have been the victims of sexual assault. They will also aid the men in beginning 1 in 4 chapters on their campuses.
“Men need to take a more active role in preventing sexual violence. We need to go at the source of the issue,” says Ligon.
Composed of 25 cadets from all four classes, ranging from different companies and various backgrounds, The Citadel’s 1 in 4 group is the 22nd collegiate chapter in the nation. They meet once a week to practice their presentation which follows a script and includes a video. The group rotates four members per performance.
The Citadel chapter’s immediate goal is to further educate and strengthen the Corps of Cadets’ understanding on these issues.