Hit Me Brother, one more time! “It is better to be feared than to be loved if you cannot be both.” At first glance the main goal of people who do hazing may seem to be to just make a person suffer, to hurt or to simply to cause pain both physically and psychologically but that is only secondary. The real main goal of hazing is to establish fear and intimidation. To strike fear and intimidation into the hearts and minds of the people to make them fear you and thus respect you in the process that is the main goal of hazing. Hazing is the act of executing rites or ceremonies involving physical and psychological abuse, humiliation and harassment. Hazing is used as a way of initiating a person or a group of people into a group. Hazing is commonly used by different social groups such as gangs, military units, sports teams, fraternities and sororities. Hazing became rampant in the Philippines around the 90’s era where it was already common to hear people, mostly students who get seriously injured or die because of hazing related activities in fraternities, sororities and other organizations. Aside from being used as an initiation ritual hazing is also used as the ultimate form of punishment. People who use hazing as a form of punishment believe that through hurting a person both physically and psychologically the person who was hazed would be prone to fewer errors for fear of being hazed again. Hazing is further used by people to test another person's physical and psychological strength. People who use hazing to test a person's physical or psychological strength use hazing to make a person reach his/her breaking point. The result of that activity is to see if the one who is hazed will either break from the abuse or become stronger because of it. Basically, Hazing is really a thorn in our society not only does it cause severe pain physically and psychologically but it also destroys the lives of the people being hazed and to an extent the family of the person who was hazed. It is a very secreted and major problem that has caused a lot of turmoil. It is something that needs to be dealt with in a serious matter by providing people with proper education about hazing and preventative measure that can be taken to stop all types of hazing. Through Republic Act No. 8049 Sec.4 states that if the person subjected to hazing or other forms of initiation rites suffers any physical injury or dies as a result thereof, the officers and members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who actually participated in the infliction of physical harm shall be liable as principals. The person or persons who participated in the hazing shall suffer: (1) the penalty of reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from, (2) the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period (17 years, 4 months and 1 day to 20 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become insane, imbecile, impotent or blind, and the penalty of reclusion temporal in its medium period (14 years, 8 months and one day to 17 years and 4 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm or a leg or shall have lost the use of any such member shall have become incapacitated for the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged. Furthermore, as any ethical and smart person can see, hazing is wrong in all senses. The detrimental effects of hazing can cause students to be haunted by it for the rest of their lives. Some of the universities where hazing is seen turn a blind eye to it and do not issue punishments severe enough for hazing. Hazing requires more than a slap on the wrist because it condones violence, abuses physically, and scars emotionally. Abolishing hazing in every state would ensure the safety of students all over the country. Write to your state legislature today about ending hazing in your state.