Target: Eric J. Barron, President of Penn State
Goal: Thank Penn State’s leadership for shutting down a fraternity for sharing naked photos of passed-out women.
The Penn State fraternity whose members allegedly shared nude photos of unconscious women on a private Facebook group has been shut down for at least three years, and possibly more. Applaud the university leadership for taking such a powerful stance against rape culture and misogyny.
Earlier this year, Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity came under fire after police reported that its members had a private Facebook group on which they posted and shared photos of naked sleeping, passed-out, or otherwise unconscious women without the women’s consent. Such rampant sexual predation and willful violation of women’s bodies is, unfortunately, indicative of the problems with rape culture and toxic masculinity the Greek system has been fostering among young men for decades.
After the university’s Greek Life Committee finished an internal investigation into the incident, it decided to suspend Kappa Delta Rho for one year. Such a punishment amounted to little more than a slap on the wrist, however. Thanks to continued pressure from passionate activists around the country, including those here at ForceChange, Penn State’s leadership recently announced that it has shut down the fraternity for at least the next three years, citing the need to make “a very strong statement about sexual harassment and sexual assault.”
This is a huge victory for Penn State and for decent people everywhere. This fraternity will no longer be able to victimize and violate women. Sign the petition below to express gratitude to the school’s leadership for doing the right thing and shutting down this toxic fraternity.
Dear President Barron,
I am writing you today regarding your university’s recently announced decision to shut down the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity for its “persistent climate of humiliation” of women. I wanted to take the time to thank you for dealing with this disgusting fraternity so harshly.
Condemnation of the Greek Life system for its perpetuation of sexism, rape culture, and toxic masculinity is finally starting to make it into the mainstream. Despite this, universities seem to be behind the curve—all too often, when evidence of fraternity misdeeds come to light, leaders rush to the group’s defense instead of rightfully holding it accountable.
Thankfully, that’s not what happened this time at your school. You apparently found evidence of Kappa Delta Rho’s engrained culture of violating women and you did the right thing by shutting the fraternity down. If other universities would deal with their fraternities so confidently, our nation would be much better off.
Your actions against Kappa Delta Rho will hopefully set a precedent that both your university and others can follow in the future. Thank you for doing the right thing and banning this incredibly toxic, dangerous fraternity from your campus for the foreseeable future.
[Your Name Here]
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