The practice of hazing and other activities involving violence or excessive drinking or questionable behaviors used as a way of a person into a including a new fraternity, sorority, team, or club.

Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups. The initiation rites can range from relatively benign pranks, to protracted patterns of behavior that rise to the level of abuse or criminal misconduct. Hazing is often prohibited by law or prohibited by institutions such as colleges and universities because it may include death, violence or  illegal activities. It may also include nudity or sexual assault.

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