In yet another spectacular scandal to befall an American fraternity, the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) chapter of Indiana University has been suspended after a video allegedly shows a pledge performing oral sex on a stripper in what appears to be a hazing exercise.
The video, which popped up online Wednesday evening, shows a collection of naked and nearly-naked young men cheering on one of their number as his face is buried in the pelvis of a nude young woman. Both are on a mattress on the floor in front of a crowd, while another nude woman, potentially a stripper as well, cheers them on.
The video rapidly attracted attention after being posted on the popular website Reddit, which is also where the video’s attribution to ATO comes from (there are no obvious giveaways in the video itself). According to Coed.com, the video was leaked to the general public by accident.
Indiana has moved very quickly to stem the damage. Only about an hour after the video appeared online, IU’s official Twitter account announced that the fraternity was being suspended pending an investigation:
Our campus is committed to a culture of care. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is suspended immediately, pending investigation into hazing allegations.
— Indiana University (@IUBloomington) October 8, 2015
The suspension means that, for the time being, ATO can’t add new members or host any social functions.
It’s worth noting that the video could show far more than just a hazing ritual. Depending on the exact circumstances of the event, it could even result in criminal charges related to sexual assault or prostitution.
This isn’t the first time the Alpha Tau Omega chapter has been in hot water. Five years ago, 100 members were suspended by its national organization due to hazing allegations, and more recently the chapter has had other drinking and hazing allegations that caused friction with the school.
The video may be seen here [WARNING: Mild Nudity], for now at least. Needless to say, it contains very graphic imagery not appropriate for the young, or really for anybody.
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