We need to do better

Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. has learned about allegations of sexual misconduct brought against a few of our members. Our organization does not condone rape, assault or any type of sexual harassment, within our members, or the community at large. We take these allegations very seriously and will hold all brothers accountable for any misconduct.

Within the past few days, we have engaged with some sororities in the community and have heard their thoughts, feelings and suggestions about this issue. First and foremost, we’d like to apologize for any offensive, abuse and predatory behavior. Second, want to recognize that sexual harassment and rape culture are real and severe problems in society at large, which we have not been actively combating. Therefore, today we commit to take a more proactive and active stand against this issue. We are working on a formal procedure to combat these issues, and we do want to join women and all survivors in this fight to create real and needed change.

Today, we want to start by communicating our plan of action, which will result in a detailed plan on how Lambda Sigma Upsilon will become an ally and an agent for change within our community, working along sororities and fraternities and any others who wish to join us. We also ask our brothers to allow and provide a safe space for survivors of sexual predatory behavior to share their stories. Let’s be men who hear them and acknowledge their pain. We encourage any person who experienced any abusive and/or sexual predatory behavior to take the following steps:

  1. Contact local law enforcement. If the incident occurred on a college campus:
    1. Report it to Campus Police/Security
    2. Report it to University Officials (Dean of Students, Wellness Center, or Medical staff)
  2. Contact your local county Rape Crisis Center or the RAINN National Hotline: (800)-656-HOPE
  3. Visit the nearest Hospital Emergency Room or General Physician Immediately for a medical evaluation
  4. Seek Counseling with licensed practitioners who specialize in this area

Finally, we want to ask for some time while we work internally on these issues, so we can get things correct. We want to ensure we treat these issues with the severity and sensitivity necessary. We will provide updates on our plan of action as soon as it becomes available and we will continue to work with the community and listen to others on this matter, especially the survivors. Our organization prides itself on being the beacon of hope to our communities. As role models, we must be and do better, and we are committed to do everything in our power to do so.

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