My perception is perspective.
- Rashan Legard
RASHAN LEGARD (ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE)
Rashan Legard is a leader and mentor who strongly desires to change cultures. He is a sexual assault survivor who shares his experiences to empower others. His unique method of storytelling brings awareness to help force change in the culture for survivors. Rashan’s motivation is to change the narrative on reporting and seeking mental health resources. He is the founder of Rashan Legard Speaks LLC., whose focus is to help organizations bring awareness to equal opportunity and sexual assault and harassment issues through Innovative training and motivational speaking workshops. He also collaborates with Difference Makers (10 Strong) as a recognized trainer in their community of trainers.
Rashan was able to hone in being a servant of leaders by receiving extensive education on Veterans with mental health diagnoses and volunteering with organizations of diverse cultures and ethnicity. As a Master Resilience Trainer, Rashan can educate Soldiers on resiliency characteristics. This has helped him advocate for survivors and understand the stigma from multiple perspectives.
Rashan Legard is a native of Lorain, Ohio, where he learned to persevere through adversity in his youth. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Broadcast from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 2011. Rashan subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Special Troops Battalion (STB) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His life changed when he became a victim of Sexual Assault.
After his traumatic experience, he strongly desired to be a voice for change. Rashan and his team of Bowie University Cadets created, developed, and became founders of the “Spoken Words of Pain,” which has made a positive impact across the Department of Defense. He has now taken his story and Spoken Words across the country to military installations to address unhealthy attitudes and toxic behaviors. His creative way of expression has given his sexual assault trauma a voice, not only for him but for other survivors. His innovative approach has also provided leaders with a new way of looking at the effects of sexual assault and harassment within their ranks.
Rashan Legard served honorably in the Army first as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist in 2012. In 2015, he enrolled in Ohio State University’s ROTC program while pursuing a 2nd degree in Social Work. In 2019, Rashan graduated Magna Cum Laude and was commissioned back into the Army as a Branched Quartermaster. Rashan attained the rank of first lieutenant before medically retiring in 2022.