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Frat Boys: Inside America's Fraternities

During one term at the University of Central Florida, This World follows the life of a group of frat boys as they embark on the pledging process.

America's college fraternities are notorious for hard drinking and hard partying, but they are also accused of fostering a culture of brutality and sexual assault. During one term at the University of Central Florida, the BBC's award-winning This World programme follows the life of a group of frat boys as they embark on the pledging process, when new recruits have to prove themselves before they can become a fraternity brother.

Most kids are joining because fraternities provide access to a powerful network of alumni throughout the US. But each year, students die or are injured in barbaric initiation rituals, known as hazing, and some argue that the way fraternity system is set up allows sexual assaults to occur during drunken campus parties. Research has shown that fraternity men are three times more likely to sexual assault than non-fraternity men.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 13 Dec 2017 00:05

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Joseph Radcliffe
Executive Producer Sarah Waldron
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Producer Chris Taylor
Director Chris Taylor
Producer Sarah Foudy

Broadcasts

  • Thu 23 Jun 2016 21:00
  • Wed 6 Jul 2016 23:35
  • Thu 7 Jul 2016 00:05
  • Sat 16 Jul 2016 02:15
  • Wed 13 Dec 2017 00:05

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