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by Crystal Sinclair

The meaning of the word hazing is to inflict any of the following on someone as a rite of initiation:

  • Public embarrassment
  • Being forced to act as a servant
  • Being forced to eat disgusting things
  • Being told to drink or do drugs until passing out
  • Inflicting pain on yourself or others in any manner
  • Being told to perform sexual acts
  • Being tied or taped up
  • Being pressured to go against the rules
  • Having your body tattooed, pierced or shaven
  • Being forced to dress in a way that is offensive to gender, culture or ethnic origin

Doesn't sound like much fun, and it isn't. So why is it so common? Teens surveyed on hazing rituals fell into one of three groups: those who found it fun or exciting, those who went along out of fear, and those who sought revenge particularly after experiencing hazing themselves.

Why do so many teens get involved in hazing? I think everyone wants to be accepted, popular even. But for me, the price was too high. As it turns out, the price is often too high for others as well. Statistics show that teens who experience hazing most often experience negative emotions and behaviour afterward. So, how can hazing be stopped? By not participating, you take the first step. Also, by not watching on as a spectator and finally, by not promoting hazing because ‘everyone else has done it.'

I admit that turning my back on the hazing ritual meant that I gave up my chance to be in with the popular group. On the other hand, I kept my pride and my best friend so what's more important than that?









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