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Charleston, SC – A former cadet at The Citadel military college has filed a lawsuit alleging that the military college failed to protect him from sexual grooming, harassment, and humiliation by a former tactical officer and other faculty and cadets.

The suit, filed on March 25, 2024, in state court in Charleston, is on behalf of an unidentified student. It names The Citadel and two former employees as defendants, and claims the abuse occurred during the 2015-16 school year.

Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior and Negligence in Military College

According to the lawsuit, Kenneth Boes, a former tactical officer, and “other unknown faculty and cadets” allegedly groomed and coerced the young man during a time when he was experiencing difficulties in his personal life and in school.

The suit contends that the college failed to protect the student from the abuse, which ultimately led to the cadet developing debilitating mental illness.

The Citadel Faces Serious Allegations

The Citadel has not yet issued a public statement regarding the lawsuit. However, these allegations raise serious concerns about the institution’s handling of the situation and its responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of its students.

As this case unfolds, it will be crucial for The Citadel to address the allegations transparently and take appropriate actions to support the affected student and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

History of Allegations and Lawsuits Against The Citadel

The lawsuit filed by the former Citadel cadet is not the first time the military college has faced allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The Citadel has faced multiple allegations and lawsuits over the years related to sexual misconduct, abuse, and a toxic culture involving both faculty/staff and cadets at the military college. Many of the cases were settled outside of court.

Unveiling Legal Rights for Victims of Sexual Assault in Military Colleges

Experienced sexual abuse attorney James Moore provided information about the legal rights available to victims of sexual assault in military colleges. This discussion with Mr. Moore explored the legal avenues victims can pursue and the significance of seeking justice in such cases.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): James, thank you for joining us. In light of the recent lawsuit filed by a former Citadel cadet, could you go over the legal rights available to victims of sexual assault in military schools?

James Moore, Esq. (JM): Thank you, Laurence, for having me. Victims of sexual assault in military schools may have several legal options, depending on the circumstances. First and foremost, it’s essential to report the incident to the proper authorities within the institution. This step not only helps ensure the victim’s safety but also creates a record of the assault.

LB: That’s an important initial step. What legal recourse can victims expect beyond reporting the incident?

JM: Victims can seek legal recourse through civil litigation. By filing a lawsuit, they may pursue compensation for the harm they have suffered, including medical expenses, therapy costs, and emotional distress. It’s important to note that each case is unique, and the legal process can vary. Consulting with a local sexual abuse lawyer who specializes in this area is crucial for victims to understand their rights and the available legal options.

LB: Thank you for clarifying that, Mr. Moore. What else would you say to victims who might be hesitant to come forward or unsure about pursuing legal action?

JM: I understand that coming forward can be a difficult decision for victims, especially considering the emotional toll and potential repercussions. I would stress the importance of finding a support system, whether it’s friends, family, or professional resources, who can provide guidance and help navigate the legal process. Speaking with an experienced attorney can also provide victims with a clear understanding of their rights and the potential outcomes of pursuing legal action.

LB: Thank you for sharing your valuable insights, Mr. Moore. Your expertise is truly appreciated. This conversation serves as a reminder that victims of sexual assault in military schools deserve justice and support. We hope this information empowers them to seek the legal recourse to which they may be entitled.

JM: It was my pleasure. I encourage anyone who has experienced sexual assault to remember that they are not alone and that legal avenues exist to hold accountable those responsible for their suffering.

Justice for Military College Sexual Abuse Survivors: Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or your loved one has been a victim of assault in a military school, remember that you are not alone. Our team of compassionate attorneys is here to support you and fight for your rights. We offer a free consultation where you can confidentially discuss your case, understand your legal options, and chart a path towards justice and healing. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today – together, we can make a difference in your journey toward resolution and empowerment.

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