What is Hazing?

Hazing. The word makes us think about college campuses and kids being forced to drink too much. Maybe people getting abused so they can feel part of something. No matter what the word makes you think about, it is a crime, it involves abuse, often sexual assault, and it must be stopped.

Hazing takes place everywhere. The military, college, hospitals, and any other place you can think of. From small acts to big. When it gets out of control, it can cause real damage. It seems everyday we hear another story about an incident that has gone too far. An incident that caused someone real damage either physically or mentally and sometimes even death.

What to Do?

If you’re being hazed, the first thing you should do is tell someone. Try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. Once you are safe then you can worry about the next steps. Freiwald Law has created a resource website called EndHazingNow. This site has information about cases, news stories, articles, and legislative efforts to end hazing and sexual assault on campus.  If you or someone you know has suffered from hazing please reach out to us and see if we can help.

Freiwald Law has taken on Penn State University on behalf of James Vivenzio, the whistleblower who attained national prominence for exposing outrageous hazing and sexual assault practices at a campus fraternity.  Here is a link to information about the Vivenzio case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have You Worked With Hazing Cases?

Yes, we have handled hazing cases.  We represent the whistleblower in the Penn State fraternity hazing case, for example.  We also have a resource website, www.endhazingnow.com, that offers vital information about the Penn State case and other cases around the country involving hazing and sexual assault on campus.

What Can I Do About Hazing?

If you have been the victim of hazing, it is absolutely essential that you speak with the proper authorities about what happened.  This might be your parents or school administrators or law enforcement.  It is also important that you speak with an experienced attorney to make sure that your rights are well protected.

When Is Hazing Too Far?

Hazing is against the law in most states.  We might think of innocent college or fraternity pranks, but hazing often involves forcing someone to consume excessive amounts of alcohol or illicit drugs and often involves sexual assault as well.  Extreme hazing can result in serious physical and emotional injuries and even, in some cases, death to the victim.