Hazing Prevention





Each of us can play a role in changing the culture of our community. When hazing is happening, it’s easy to feel stuck or paralyzed with uncertainty about how we stop what’s happening around us. For the 40 days leading up to National Hazing Prevention Week, this year, we’ll be posting one reason each day why individuals wouldn’t step in and take action to prevent hazing. Share your responses each day including the #40Actions hashtag and help others learn how to take an active role in addressing a hazing culture. It can be easy to talk the talk, but are you ready to walk the walk?

Participation is easy! Follow @PreventHazing on Twitter to see the excuse for each day, and share how you would take action. All tweeted responses should include the #40Actions and #NHPW18 hashtags, so the conversation can be easily followed. Below is a sneak peek at the dilemmas that will be posted each day – how would you respond?

  1. The school year is about to start. I know hazing going to happen again, but I don’t know what to do.
  2. It’s too hard to change a hazing culture that has existed for so long.
  3. No one else thinks this is a problem. I’m the only one.
  4. Everyone else went through it and I feel like I have to as well to be a “real member.”
  5. Everyone will hate me if I share my true feelings about our dangerous traditions.
  6. It’s always been this way and it will always be this way. I can’t make a difference.
  7. There is good hazing and bad hazing. I don’t want to get rid of positive activities.
  8. Who I am to take this on? I’m just . . .
  9. We don’t know any other way to do this. We’ve been doing it the same for years.
  10. No one has ever gotten hurt so I think our process is probably ok.
  11. I don’t know who I can trust to talk to about my concerns.
  12. Our advisor/coach knows what we do and he/she hasn’t tried to stop us.
  13. No one ever gets in trouble for hazing so I’m not worried.
  14. It’s impossible to know what is and isn’t hazing these days, so why bother changing?
  15. We are great at keeping our really serious hazing secret, so we’ll never get caught.
  16. I’m not a fan of much of what we do, but I don’t know how to share my concerns.
  17. I know we have a problem, but I don’t have the first clue how to fix it.
  18. Hazing is no big deal. If you’re a real man, you can take it, and if not, we don’t want you.
  19. I don’t know how to stop the hazing without tarnishing my team/organization’s reputation.
  20. Why do I have to take this on? No one else seems concerned about it?
  21. Hazing has been around for centuries and we’re never going to get rid of it.
  22. Hazing made me a stronger/better person. Why would I deny that to the next group?
  23. What is the big deal? I really liked most of my pledging/rookie process.
  24. I was really close with the other rookies who were hazed with me. Isn’t bonding good?
  25. I am worried something really bad could happen, but I don’t know how to stop it.
  26. It should be hard to become a member, but how do we keep it from being humiliating?
  27. Our alums are pressuring us to keep it the way it’s always been, but times have changed.
  28. I keep hearing about students getting charged with crimes for dangerous hazing, but I don’t think it can happen here.
  29. I could report what’s happening to school officials, but that seems like an overwhelming process.
  30. I want to talk to my parents about everything, but I’m afraid they’ll do something that’ll only embarrass me instead of help me.
  31. Our alumni told me that hazing is common, and it made them more prepared for the toughness of the “real world.”
  32. If we don’t do this, how will they be prepared for other life challenges?
  33. When I talked with someone about this, nothing changed. Now what do I do?
  34. Alumni will find out and threaten me and my group/team.
  35. I have a teacher that I think could be and ally for me and help me stop the hazing from happening again. I’m just not sure what my first steps should be to involve them in helping my group/team.
  36. I don’t want to rock the boat on tradition.
  37. I told my parents about the hazing, and they seemed to brush it off. If my own parents don’t understand me, how will anyone else?
  38. I don’t trust the police to help me, but when the hazing gets out of hand, I don’t know what to do.
  39. Other organizations do the same thing, why shouldn’t we?
  40. Everyone seems to want to go along with the crowd – who will support me if I stand up?