When you join a new group, let’s say the tech club, greek life, or literature group, and you’re asked to perform a welcoming ritual, what comes to mind? Most expect to sing a song, while others predict a peace offering to settle in. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to hazing.

You see, instead of fun, silly new member rituals, hazing involves humiliating and degrading activities. And the sad part is that a lack of willingness to participate doesn’t spare the new member. Instead, those new members are subject to abusive or endangering activities that must be done before they’re recognized as part of the group.