When someone says “fraternity,” most likely your mind is flooded with images of stereotypical “surfer bros” or “white collar rich boys” who love to party and objectify women. While the image is incorrect, you can’t really be blamed when this is the typical portrait that is portrayed in television and movies. Unfortunately some of these stereotypes are beginning to cross over into real life. In a time where news outlets are flooded with stories about rapes occurring in frat houses by their own members, how do you prove that not all fraternities behave the same?
On Millersville’s campus one fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, has decided to tear down the “frat boy” stereotype by “manning up” and taking a stand against rape culture with the help of hu-MAN Up.
hu-Man Up is a local organization that engages male allies in the fight against rape culture [/caption]
Hu-MAN Up is a college coalition that engages men and boys to become allies so that they can help to end rape culture. “Being a good guy is not enough,” explains the hu-MAN Up website. “All men benefit from a global system of male privilege.” It is because of this belief that this Lancaster organization is asking men to call out “everything from normalized sexism to assault.”
In the fall of 2013, members of Lambda Chi Alpha began their “It’s On Us” campaign after being approached by a Millersville University member of hu-MAN Up. President of the fraternity, Anthony Ciliberto , explained that the campaign “speaks out and educates the public about sexual assault.” They executed “It’s On Us” by trending the hashtag “#ItsOnUs”, offering information tables inside of the Student Memorial Center and by hanging banners that people had signed pledging:
• To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault
• To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur
• To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given
• To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
“So often college men, for example fraternity members, are ridiculed and scrutinized for partaking in various actions surrounding rape culture,” explained Ciliberto. “It is up to us [both men and women] to change the culture we live in and be proactive participants in doing so.” That is why Ciliberto and the other members of Lambda Chi Alpha became the first in the nation to complete the hu-MAN Up training.
Lambda Chi Alpha continues their “It’s On Us” campaign which educates the Millersville community about sexual assault[/caption]
“We are working across gender and generation, to help end sexism and gender violence in Lancaster, and the larger culture using public art, media campaigns, performance, interactive projects and educational programs to take apart institutionalized sexism in all forms,” explains hu-MAN Up. This is is evident in their most recent exhibition, human: Words and Images to Help End Rape Culture, which featured local student artwork at Annex 24 Gallery. Apr. 19-22, they will be hosting “BECOMING hu-MAN” performance at the Green Room Theater located on Franklin & Marshall’s campus. Throughout the semester, Lambda Chi Alpha will host various information tables in the SMC so you can educate yourself on how to hu-Man Up and fight to end rape culture. As Ciliberto said, “We can all be allies in this fight.”