Hazing is various rituals and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups, including in gangs, sports teams, schools, military units, workplaces and fraternities. In the United States and Canada, hazing is often associated with Greek-letter organizations (college fraternities and sororities). Hazing is often prohibited by law and may comprise either physical (possibly violent) or psychological abuse. It may also include nudity or sexually oriented activities. In some continental European languages, terms with a "christening" theme or etymology are preferred (e.g. bapteme in French, in Dutch doop (mostly used in Flanders)) or variations on a theme of naivete and the rite of passage such as a derivation from a term for freshman (e.g.
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