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is generally willing to share the details of what they know when they see their loved one has been hurt.
With technology today, there is o en a digital trail of the hazing activi- ties, and the sooner you can begin the investigation, the more information you can gather. Looking at social media, email communications, cell phone call records, bank statements and locations of purchases, money transfers, tra c and building cameras, GPS coordinate devices on phones and cars, and other information can help tell the story of hazing activities. Changes in an individual’s habits in spending, frequent telephone calls to new num- bers (particularly at odd hours of the day and night), changes in demeanor, appearance of sleep deprivation, changes in dress, and a number of other factors can be signs to look for when investigating a hazing case.
Gender is an important factor to consider when investigating hazing. In cases involving men, the hazing activities tend to be more physical and lead to physical injuries that leave a clear sign. Alternatively, in hazing cases in- volving women, the rituals tend to be more psychological, making an injury less readily apparent because it does not manifest itself with an immediate need for medical treatment.
Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries and deaths continue to occur annu- ally as a result of hazing. In one example, our  rm is currently representing the family in the case of a female Division I athlete, where it is alleged she committed suicide as a result of hazing activities of a national sorority. Our  rm is committed to seeking justice for this family and individuals who are injured and killed by this dangerous and unnecessary activity.

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