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MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT HAZING

MYTH #1: FACT :   Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious organizations, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations.

MYTH #2: FACT :   Hazing is premeditated and NOT accidental.

MYTH #3 : FACT :   Besides, what purpose do such activities serve in promoting the growth and development of group team members?

MYTH #4 : FACT :   Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them.

MYTH #5 : FACT :   This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action it may not be true consent when considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group.

MYTH #6 : FACT :

Ask the following questions of each activity to determine whether or not it is hazing.

1)Is alcohol involved?
2)Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they're being asked to do?
3)Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
4)Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
5)Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a coach or school official?6)

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing.

Adapted from Death By Hazing Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

    Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.

    Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.

    Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol.

    Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.

    Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.

    Don’t prop open self-locking doors.

    Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.

    Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.

    Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.

    Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.

    Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.

    Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.

    Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.

    Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.

    Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.

    Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank.

    In case of car trouble, call for help on your cellular phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call police.”

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