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ABC story on sororities

Hi all: here is an ABC-TV web story on sorority hazing. My position continues to be that we need actual surveys (or at least a noticeable spike in sorority hazing news stories) before we can get an
idea on whether hazing practices truly are escalating or becoming more violent. The numbers in high school athletic hazing, for example, can be counted to make a case for such a spike since the late 1990s. I’ll keep an eye out for sorority hazing in the news, but though the violent or bizarre cases grab headlines,,,I’m not sure this amounts to a nationwide trend. I’d want more evidence before making such a statement unilaterally. Thanks.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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