[UPDATED] Indiana University Suspends Fraternity Over Video of Hazing That May Show Sexual Assault
TheIndy Starreports Indiana University suspended the Alpha Tau Omega chapter in response to a viral video that appears to show a possible sexual assault taking place during a hazing ceremony.
Our campus is committed to a culture of care. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is suspended immediately, pending investigation into hazing allegations.— Indiana University Bloomington (@IUBloomington) October 8, 2015
Late Wednesday night, the university tweeted a message about the suspension, saying, "Our campus is committed to a culture of care. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is suspended immediately, pending investigation into hazing allegations."
The video is currently being widely circulated on Twitter and other platforms. A user on Reddit shared the clip Wednesday night, in a thread called "Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Indiana University forces its pledges to perform oral sex on strippers in hazing ritual," with a link to the extremely graphic video footage. In the video, a group of men surround a woman on a mattress who has another naked man who is possibly being held between her legs and forced to perform oral sex. He is seen being kicked and slapped several times in the video. It is not clear if either the man or the woman is consenting in the video.
The university responded to several people on Twitter about the video, including user @Liquid_Swordz, who said, "That wasn't hazing that was RAPE you clowns. Quit the double standards."
The Inquisitr reports the Alpha Tau Omega branch was also suspended in 2010 by the fraternity's national organization over hazing and drinking violations.
Update 10/9, 12:30 a.m.: CNN reports the national organization of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity has shut down the frat's charter at Indiana University, calling the video "highly inappropriate and vulgar" video. Wynn Smiley, chief executive officer of the national chapter, also said the man pictured on the video was a 21-year-old initiated member and identified the two women as exotic dancers hired by someone who is also a frat member.
Video: Indiana University suspends fraternity activity
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