Why does getting harmed be an obligatory requirement to be a part of what they called as brotherhood? Is it really a must for a ritual initiation? Hazing is a destructive approach to assimilation into and membership in an organization. It results in mental and physical harm, injuries and deaths. (University Hazing Policy). They say that you belong to the bunch of cool guys if you are a member of fraternity or sorority, but come to think of it, is it really good to make a sacrifice for your life? Will you ever take risk your single soul for it?
According to Sullivan, a motivational writer, “In 25 years as a fraternity man, I’ve never heard a justification for hazing that is more valid than the importance of treating every person with dignity. Plain and simple. As a fraternity man, I’ve always known this. As a father, I am 100-percent certain” One of the factors why it exists is because of peer pressure. I myself have become a victim of peer pressure, and it’s hard to deal on it when you are being influenced by your friends.
Learning how to say no is a value that should be learned when dealing with peers who are engaging you with indecent activities. Despite its many dangers, hazing is a student phenomenon that is decades old. Hazing can lead to psychological and physical harm and even death. Yet, it is an issue that has been largely overlooked and understudied until recent years. The National Study of Student Hazing was designed to fill some major gaps in the research and expand what we know about hazing. (Allan and Madden).
Any act of violation or torture mustn’t be allowed because it has also a severe effect. Long after members are initiated or their hazing experience is behind them, some students still live with scars of their memory. The embarrassment, humiliation, and degradation that often go along with hazing are likely to take an emotional toll. (Hazing Study Organization).
Surprisingly, some initiates are still unaware that they are engaging themselves with hazing because of lack of knowledge. Maybe it’s about time to include campus hazing in the curricular programs of schools and universities to further enhance and awaken the minds of these students who are still innocent about this issue. If I have more time, I would reflect on the reasons why students or initiates are engaging themselves with hazing even though they are aware that it’s harmful. This writing assignment will serve as awareness that hazing is improper and an illegal practice that should be banned everywhere and not only in the campus.
The Bulletin Volume 78 Issue 3 2010. Web. May 2010
Allan, Elizabeth & Madden, Mary. “The Prevalence, Tolerance, and Significance of Hazing on U.S. College Campuses.” May 2010. Web
Sullivan, T.J. “Hazing is morally wrong because it has the potential to hurt” 20
Sept. 2010. Web