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Report reveals horror ‘hazing’ rituals at Australian university colleges

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A report has revealed horrors within our university colleges, with students reportedly being forced into a range of disgusting “hazing” rituals.

The 200-page Red Zone report includes case studies at 12 universities across the country and details behaviour including students being encouraged to post graphic and embarrassing photos about other’s sexual activity online.

Stuart Kelly tragically took his own life in 2016 only months after attending Sydney University’s St Paul’s College.

His parents, Ralph and Kathy Kelly, suspect he was a victim of a hazing ritual.

They are calling for college hazing rituals to be banned and for a coronial inquest into their son’s death and the events which took place at St Paul’s College while he was in their care.

Mr Kelly tells Chris Smith he and his wife were oblivious as to what happens behind closed doors.

“It has been going on for a very long time and I think we were oblivious or naive to what happens within orientation week.

“I believe it’s a bit of a furphy that the culture can’t be changed. It definitely can be changed.

“What is happening is so unacceptable and I’ve met now many students… who’ve told me horrific stories.”

Mr Kelly says they don’t know the full extent of what happened.

“We don’t know the full story.

“We were advised..that Stuart had been held down by a number of boys with alcohol poured down his throat. He’d asked several times for this to stop…they continued to bully him.

“The rest of the night we have no idea what happened to him or the following day.”

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