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What Are The Hazards Of Hazing And Why Does It Happen?

The death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge in San Marcos led Texas State University to suspend all Greek life activities this month.

The incident is suspected to be the result of excessive alcohol, similar to other deaths induced by hazing-related activities at state universities in Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, which all enacted the same ban.

Hazing is an action or situation created to cause embarrassment or harassment towards members of a group, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

Although the result could risk emotional and physical harm to individuals, these secretive practices are known to take place within athletic teams, professional organizations and extracurricular activities.

Notable reports citing hazing have cropped up around San Antonio in the last year, including a federal court case around the sexual assault of student athletes in La Vernia and the suspension of seven Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies for a hazing incident recorded on video.

Are hazing practices becoming worse or are more individuals ready to speak up? What are the psychological effects of hazing and why are people compelled to take part in a practice that hurts them?

Why does hazing happen and how can it be prevented?


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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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