We’ve seen the movie. We’ve heard the stories. Someone is in a situation in which they are being hazed or are witnessing someone being hazed…and they let it happen even though they know it is wrong.
We’re here to empower you to stand up to hazing! Yes, it can often be difficult to stand up for what is right and make a lasting change, especially when you’re standing up against people who are your friends.
But imagine what could happen if no one stands up. Now, imagine how good it will feel to do the right thing! (We can assure you that it will feel a lot better than the alternative.)
Here are nine ways you can stand up to hazing. Get your superhero cape ready. These tips really could change your world.
1. Just say “no.” This one word is sometimes all it takes.
2. Host an intervention with those who are hazing.
Let us show you the error of your ways!
3. Take confidence that your sisters are likely disturbed, too. Stand up as a group!
4. Don’t listen to the excuses. We’ve all heard them: “They agreed to do it.” “It’s not a big deal.” “It’s tradition.” LIES!
5. Listen to your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!
6. Tell someone. A simple phone call can be all it takes to stop hazing.
Talk to an advisor, your campus fraternity/sorority professional, International Office staff, or call 1-888-NOT-HAZE.
7. Plan team-building activities that are safe and fun. Since when did being demeaned make you feel as warm and fuzzy as a trust fall?
Ok, so not a trust fall (ouch!). How about one of these?
8. Make sure your entire chapter knows the rules and laws about hazing. Ignorance is never an excuse.
9. If hazing is happening, make a pact to change your chapter/campus culture for the better. Don’t let the cycle continue!
National Hazing Prevention Week 2013 was Sept. 23-27. To educate our members and others about hazing prevention, Zeta Tau Alpha developed lists (inspired by BuzzFeed) to highlight positive member experiences and combat hazing. While these lists might be funny, hazing is not a joke. Join ZTA to end hazing by doing the right thing, for the right reason, all the time.