Friday, March 4, 2011

Naked Party at Yale Turns Dangerous

I always thought that the notorious "naked parties" at my alma mater were a stupid idea. I remember students trying to explain to me why such parties were "liberating" and failing miserably. If anything, such events are evidence of an extremely uncomfortable relationship with one's own sexuality. It is not surprising to me in the least that a recent naked party at Yale ended really badly:
A naked party at Yale may have crossed the line from salacious fun and into sexual assault and hazing, according to a report. The Yale Daily News reports the Yale Police Department is looking into the party after several attendees were taken to Yale-New Haven hospital. Yale Police Chief Ronnell A. Higgins notified the campus police received information about a possible sexual assault involving undergraduates attending an off-campus party on Feb. 19. The party in question was reportedly thrown by the Pundits, Yale's private society prank group. Some 50 people attended the invitation-only function, according to the report. While attendees arrived in costume, they were told to disrobe halfway through the party, witnesses told the Yale Daily News. Yale officials are examining whether the party, in which underage students were also reportedly drinking, amounted to a form of hazing. Attendees were reportedly told that the party was part of the ritual to potentially join the Pundits group. After the attendees disrobed, several of them were forced to kiss each other by members of the Pundits, according to the allegations cited in the report. One male attendee reportedly had a penis forcibly pushed against his face.

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