Signs Of Hazing And What To Do About It

Going to college is a very exciting experience; however, it also involves many changes and opportunities. As a young adult, you might find it hard to recognize the good from the bad. One of the new opportunities and experiences waiting for you is the chance to be a part of a fraternity.

Most students want to be a part of a group because it means that they will be accepted on campus and have an instant group of friends. This is very enticing for young students who are alone and with no social group. But as great as it sounds, joining a fraternity may also entail risks, such as hazing.

Signs Of Hazing And What To Do About It

If you are thinking of joining any form of student group, such as a fraternity, sorority, sports team, or other organization, you should first determine what kind of initiation new members will have to go through. Initiation into a group can last a day or it may last throughout the year. Keep in mind that if the organization practices hazing, you should avoid it.

Hazing Should Be Illegal

Hazing is any action or situation that intentionally causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. This act can also result in emotional and/or physical harm to new or old members of a group or team. Hazing usually happens regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate.

This act should be deemed illegal. Over the years, hazing has been connected to over 50 deaths throughout the United States College fraternities and sororities.

The initiation practices of these groups resulted in physical and emotional injuries to teen boys and girls. According to Fannin Litigation Group,, hazing victims have suffered from various injuries which may range from paralysis to emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety.

Warning Signs Of Hazing

You should watch out for any of the following activities to prevent and avoid hazing:

  • The members justify the abusive activities by saying it’s part of tradition
  • The presence of alcohol and the members binge drink
  • Forced consumption of alcohol
  • Forced consumption of excessive amount of water
  • Excessive secrecy
  • Peer pressure
  • Excessive push-ups and sit-ups, usually accompanied by derogatory remarks.
  • Paddling or physically striking the new or old members
  • Capturing or kidnapping members

What Can You Do?

When joining a fraternity or sorority, it is important to stay connected with family and friends outside of the group. Fraternities or sororities that haze usually try to isolate new members from outsiders who might question what they have been doing. If you believe that you or you know someone who is being hazed, here’s what you can do:

  • Talk to your friends or family members outside the fraternity or sorority. You have no obligation to keep your activities a secret. Secrecy will only protect those who are abusing others.
  • Seek guidance from your family, guardian, or the university guidance counselor
  • Do not participate in the hazing activity. Get out of the fraternity or sorority if you discover that they have been hazing their members. This is not an easy thing to do because walking away from hazing takes strength and courage. Do not believe anyone who says that it is a sign of weakness.
  • Consult a professional psychotherapist for your mental distress or a healthcare provider for your injuries.
  • Consult a lawyer who specializes in hazing or in personal injury.
  • Report the hazing incident.

This guest post is written by Kris Lim, an advocate against hazing. She aims to raise awareness regarding hazing.

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Author: SmartStudent

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