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"How to End Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities"

How to End Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities

The Huffington Post, December 3, 2015

Some traditions die hard. Some do not die at all. Hazing has been a pervasive practice in fraternities and sororities on college campuses for generations. A 2008 study by the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention found that more than 73% of "Greeks" reported being hazed. The National Study of Student Hazing revealed that same year that most hazing incidents went unreported. According to its defenders, hazing can be a rite of passage that promotes knowledge of and loyalty to the organization and bonding with its members. Critics point out, however, that hazing can endanger physical and mental health through the forced consumption of alcohol, sleep deprivation, sexual assaults, beatings, and humiliation. At least one hazing related death has occurred each year since 1970 (when records began to be kept).

 

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