Out of all the crimes on the books, public misconceptions surrounding hazing perhaps loom the largest. While many confine the practice to rowdy college fraternities and sororities, the crime of hazing goes well beyond “Greek Life”--- athletic clubs, religious organizations, and the military alike have all fallen victim to frequent incidents of friendly torture.
Although hazing is often viewed publicly as merely involving “foolish pranks” with no “malicious” intent and therefore no “serious” criminal consequences, the punishment frequently handed down by the government against its perpetrators is far from a simple slap on the wrist. As we dissect in California “Hazing” Laws in Penal Code 245.6 PC, the criminal consequences of Hazing may entail serious time behind the slammer.
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