Former UNM professor looked into female hazing in college sports in '04

Updated: 08/19/2014 7:27 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 7:12 PM
By: Tessa Mentus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The UNM women's soccer hazing incident has shocked many, possibly because it involves a female sports team when hazing is so often associated with male athletes.

But female hazing isn't new. KOB talked to a professor who looked into this problem on women's teams when she worked at UNM ten years ago.

Dr. Colleen McGlone spent a lot of time at UNM – she received three degrees and taught.

She also did a nationwide study during her time there to take a deeper look at hazing in college athletics.

"A couple people had looked at hazing of men's sports, and I knew…I was in the military and I knew hazing happened in women's sports, and no one seemed to acknowledge it at the time," Dr. McGlone said.

She sent out surveys to Division I athletes in 2004, and nearly 1100 responded. She found, through the surveys, that nearly half of the female athletes who responded said they went through some type of hazing.

"Society doesn't want to accept that that type of behavior would happen on our women's athletics teams," Dr. McGlone said.

She found even more troubling results when it came to athletic directors. 75 percent of those who responded said they suspected hazing on women's teams, but only about 15 percent reported it.

"They push it into this subculture, this underground culture where everyone knows it happens, but they have to keep it secret," Dr. McGlone said.

However, she said she's proud of the UNM players who came forward, and says it shows more student athletes aren't going to accept this type of treatment.

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