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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman’s legislation aimed at combatting hazing has successfully passed the Senate.

“Hazing has no place in our communities, and by closing legal loopholes, we are sending out a clear message: perpetrators will be held accountable,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “No individual should ever feel pressured or coerced into participating in activities that jeopardize their physical or mental health.”

Senate Bill 2934 seeks to strengthen existing laws by explicitly stating that consent or permission from the victim does not absolve perpetrators from prosecution. This reinforces the state’s stance against any form of hazing, regardless of consent.

According to the National Study of Student Hazing, more than half, or 55%, of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing. This alarming figure underscores the urgent need for legislative action to address this pervasive issue.

“Hazing is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences on individuals and communities,” said Stadelman. “Hazing will not be tolerated in Illinois.”

Senate Bill 2934 passed the Senate and heads to the House for further consideration.