HELENA -- According to a study done by the United States Department of Justice, "one in five women in college experiences sexual assault."
Carroll College football players were given the tools and the knowledge on Monday to help diminish that statistic. Coaches and players gathered in a classroom in O'Connell Hall on Carroll College's campus to participate in a seminar hosted by 'A Call to Men.' On the program's website, 'A Call to Men' describes itself as, "a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls."
"One in four relationships are impacted by domestic violence. That doesn't happen with just athletes, that happens with just men," said Rickie Houston, lead trainer for 'A Call to Men.' "It's important that we engage men around health and manhood, but who is best to lead this? The leaders on campus -- and we look at athletes as leaders to share this message."
Carroll College football's new 'C4' era is a tool that head coach Troy Purcell is using to ensure his players are quality individuals both on and off the field. Monday's seminar was his program doubling down on that commitment.
"We just wanted to make sure that this information is ready for the kids. They continue to hear it ... the right way to treat people, the right way to treat women," Purcell said.