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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Getting Hazing Under Control

House Democrats said the military needs to get hazing under control. They introduced a bill to require the services to track incidents. Those could be cases of soldiers committing violence against each other as a punishment, initiation rite or bonding activity. Hazing isn't clearly defined now. The measure would provide a legal definition so that it could be treated as a stand-alone crime. The bill would require auditors to look at each service's training and prevention policies. It would direct the Defense Department to develop a comprehensive plan to stop hazing. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) is one of the bill's sponsors and has named it after her nephew Harry Lew, who committed suicide last year after being hazed by his Marine Corps platoon in Afghanistan.

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