The act of hazing is defined as any type of harassment or abuse inflicted in order to initiate a person into a group, and it is illegal in 44 states across the country. Many cases of hazing go unnoticed or unreported because those who suffer from it want to remain a part of the group and therefore, have no desire to leak such information to the authorities. Hazing can cause serious harm to individuals. In fact, since 1970, there has been at least one hazing-related death every year on a college campus.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of hazing, you may be eligible for compensation from those responsible for your pain and suffering. Contact your Iowa injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
What is Hazing?
Many stereotypes surrounding hazing target college Greek life as the primary culprit of hazing, but it can happen with any group. In fact, 25 percent of high school students report being hazed when they joined a sports team. Some other common groups that haze include the military, gangs, and even some workplaces. There are many harmful consequences of hazing that can damage a person psychologically and physically. Some common hazing rituals are:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual harassment or abuse
- Bullying (physical and emotional)
- Verbal harassment
If you have suffered physically and/or emotionally because of hazing, there may be legal options available to you.
Contact your Iowa injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233 today to talk with an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options if you have been a victim of hazing.