James R. Vivenzio
I am an outspoken advocate against hazing and sexual abuse, especially on college campuses.
I was subjected to brutal and severe hazing while pledging at a college fraternity. I decided to break the fraternity "bro code" by recording and photographing the hazing and sexual abuse with my cell phone, and then I reported it to the authorities. I then went public with a lawsuit against my university and the fraternity, and I created an anti-hazing resource website, www.endhazingnow.com, to help others prevent hazing.
By breaking the fraternity "bro code," I was subjected to physical harm, ridicule, and other abuse and retribution. I have had to overcome the mental and physical trauma, and I continue to struggle with these traumas. But I have continued my mission in order to help others.