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HAZING RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

It was only a few short years ago that a controversy involving hazing on college campuses hit home in Connecticut. In 2014, several Greek organizations were suspended for incidents involving hazing. The sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, was barred until May of 2018 for activities that led to the hospitalization of one of its members after she was forced to consume dangerous levels of alcohol. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity also received a five-year suspension after an investigation into that same incident revealed other hazing activities were being perpetrated by its members. More recently, another investigation was launched when a former member of the UCONN women's hockey team came forward to report hazing and bullying against her by her teammates and coach.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHIPLASH

So you're approaching a stoplight and you look into your rear-view mirror and spot a car coming up fast behind you. You aren't worried though, they still have time to slow down. You come to a stop and check your mirror again, but this time you notice that the vehicle behind you is still coming directly for you. Before you have time to even think about what's happening, BAM!

CONSEQUENCES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENTS

We have all seen it, and though we will likely deny it, we have all done it: driving distracted. Glance at your neighbors as you drive down the road and you will witness people texting, reading maps, selecting music, eating, putting on makeup-the list is endless. We all know it's an unnecessary and potentially dangerous habit, but did you also know that you can get into legal trouble as well? If you were involved in an accident that resulted in injury or fatalities and the cause was distracted driving, you could be in hot water.

MEN: SILENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

It is an unfortunate truth that justice is often corrupted by normative ideas and gender stereotypes. From Connecticut to California, people form judgments and opinions about the types of crimes certain individuals are capable of and which types of justice they deserve. If a person does not fit within those preconceived standards, then finding help or receiving justice for crimes against him/her can be a difficult and overwhelming process. A prime example of this is domestic violence cases brought forward by male victims. Awareness of domestic violence against men is not a primary directive in most campaigns, and many males will not seek police action, let alone a divorce attorney for various reasons. And so, they suffer alone.

FINANCIAL ABUSE: DOMESTIC ABUSE ISN'T JUST PHYSICAL

Think of the phrase "domestic violence." Which particular images come to mind? Odds are, the horrific and terrifying images we have all seen in movies and television are some of the first that spring to the forefront. While these terrible events do happen in real life, there are also other not so conspicuous ways in which abusers can harm their victims. The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as "a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior" that can include "physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse." Domestic violence is a tragic situation no matter how you look at it; it can leave victims feeling hopeless and afraid, and leads couples down terrible paths that can include trauma, psychological damage, medical fees, and divorce lawyer fees.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WARNING SIGNS

When most people hear the words "domestic violence" they imagine the terrifying incidents they see on television. While these events do occur all too frequently, domestic violence and abuse aren't limited to the realm of the physical. As patterns of coercive and controlling behavior, domestic abuse can also include emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse; in any of these cases, the victims are left feeling confused, frightened, and possibly uncertain about their own ability to survive. If children are also involved, they too must endure all of the traumatizing effects and all of the same fears. Domestic violence is also not limited to people of certain circumstances, it can affect individuals of any age, race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, education, religion, or sexual orientation.

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