By definition, hazing is the ritualized initiation of a person into any sort of social group through humiliating, demeaning, or dangerous tasks and tests. Typical examples range from forced consumption of alcohol or other liquids to brutal physical harassment by older group members and public exposure, though the forms that hazing has taken throughout time have been virtually endless.
While hazing to most Americans might be tied to the idea of college fraternity and sorority life, it is major a factor in a vast number of settings and situations. Army units around the world are know for particularly violent induction processes, and some form of harassment is often in store for new members of sports teams at all age levels.
For hundreds of years, hazing has been tolerated on the premise of tradition and character-building. Many groups claim that the abuse fosters a sense of mental toughness and, having passed this “trial by fire,” a deep camaraderie with fellow members. However, reports indicate that hazing can actually have the opposite psychological effect, since the negative experiences are caused not by some external group, but by the “good guys.”
This means that, beyond the very real danger of hazing-related death and permanent injury, the process can make group members suspicious of one another, weakening any potential bonds. Such information only bolsters the growing demand for stricter prohibitions against hazing at schools and other institutions across the nation.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a hazing episode, you deserve to see justice done. Contact the experienced Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 1-800-242-2874 for information on how to respond in a legal capacity.