Why is relationship abuse relevant to fraternities? There is no excuse for abusive behavior or sexual assault and you have the power to make a difference. In addition, if an incident happens at your party or house, it reflects negatively on your chapter and every member’s reputation is impacted. Most men are not abusive. However, the majority of perpetrators (those who choose to do harm) of relationship abuse and sexual violence are male. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female and 9% are male. Nearly 99% of the offenders they described in single-victim incidents were male. As leaders in your community, you can shape the way men and women view your fraternity…by your actions. The following resources, developed by frat dudes, show how your fraternity can make a difference on campus.

A Note on Terminology

Domestic violence/relationship abuse refers to intimate relationships, not child abuse. “Woman” encompasses all female-identifying individuals and nonbinary and genderqueer people. Relationship abuse happens at the same rate in LGBTQI+ relationships and all of the information on this site is relevant for male victims and for individuals in LGBTQI+ relationships. In addition, please see our resources on LGBTQI+ relationships. Our goal is to encourage helping professionals to be gender inclusive. This includes using gender-neutral language when working with individuals, while continuing to analyze gender as a construct that has implications on gender based violence in heterosexual and LGBTQI+ relationships.