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Hazing Documentary Dec. 1–Update from Debbie Smith

Hi Everyone

Many of you wanted to know when E was going to be airing the Hazing documentary they’ve been working on.  Below you will find their release.  I encourage you to watch this with your teenagers, especially those that are preparing to go off to college.

Knowledge is a powerful thing.

THS INVESTIGATES: HAZING

PREMIERES SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT 5PM ET/PT

Compelling Ninety-Minute Episode Investigates The Cruel World Of
Hazing Using First-Hand Accounts From Victims And Their Families,

Featuring Never-Before-Seen Video Taken by Participants

Los Angeles, CA, November XX, 2007 – The stories are scary – college students being forced to drink until they pass out, fraternity members being paddled until they are unable to sit.  It happens in high school athletics, fraternities and sororities, in the military and in the workplace.  Wherever there is an organized group, hazing can happen.

Hazing is a ritualized form of harassment and abuse, usually used as part of the victim’s initiation into an organization.  Oftentimes, the act is just for laughs and a person might only be forced to wear a costume or eat a funny concoction.  But it can also be terrifying and dangerous, sometimes ending in injury or death.

In this gripping ninety-minute episode, THS investigates the harsh world of hazing from spankings and hosings to beatings and sexual assault.  We interview people who have performed these stunts and those who have been forced to participate or volunteered.  Plus the episode exposes the degrading and disgusting ‘feats’ that hazing victims are forced to perform with exclusive video taken by participants in the event.

Law enforcement officials and psychologists provide insight into why these rituals continue to thrive after so many lawsuits and deaths.  In addition, we examine what school officials and others are doing to discourage and stop these activities – from education to punishment.  THS Investigates: Hazing premieres Saturday, December 1 at 5pm et/pt on E!

“Hug your children and tell them you love them everyday.”

Love,
Debbie, MM
www.wemissyoumatt.com

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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