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Hit-Me-Brother

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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.
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