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My reply to that particular guest would be as follows Over the years hazing has grown into a nationwide dilemma There are numerous people now struggling over the issue of whether it is right or wrong To set the record straight hazing is very destructive to the victim and hisher character There is no place in sport or anywhere for that matter for these demeaning detrimental and cruel acts Many people have become confused about the definition of hazing Jay Coakley author of Sport in Society Issues Controversies defines hazing as any activity expected of someone joining the group that humiliates degrades abuses or endangers regardless of the persons willingness to participate Page 164 McGill University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Canada The University released an anti-hazing statement following an investigation into a complaint about inappropriate behavior during the football teams initiation of a rookie which outlines their definition of hazing It says that hazing is any action taken or situation created which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of any student for continued membership on any team Universitysportca Even though incidents of hazing are less publicized in the last 2 decades hazing continues to be a major problem in our society Hazing can occur in any group anywhere in society Punishment for engaging in hazing is one of the first items on the agenda for most if not all sports teams However even though these punishments are severe and often result in being banished from the team many cases of hazing are unreported every year Hazing comes in three different forms Subtle hazing emphasizes a power imbalance that is usually taken for granted as being harmless or meaningless One example is naming calling Behaviors that cause undue emotional or physical discomfort to feel a part of the group such as verbal abuse violent acts or personal services are categorized as harassment hazing
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