UVM frat closed indefinitely after “Who would you rape?” survey scandal

Maya wrote last week about what got the fraternity in trouble:

There’s no way the University of Vermont frat really thought it was ok to send a survey to its members asking, “If you could rape anyone, who would it be?” Is there? (Wait, don’t answer that.)

But now that the survey has been leaked to the interwebs–apparently because a new member accidentally emailed it to his teaching assistant (ouch!)–they’re finding out it’s not ok–and fast. Feminists activists at UVM and FED UP Vermont have swiftly mobilized to call for the frat to be shut down.

An update from commenter Jen, alerted us that the national body of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has decided to close the UVM chapter indefinitely.

The national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity says it will close the University of Vermont chapter indefinitely after the revelation of a survey earlier this week that asked members whom they would like to rape.

UVM and the fraternity, commonly known as Sig Ep, announced the chapter’s shuttering at 8 p.m. Friday.

“Without suggesting that every member had knowledge of this questionnaire, the questions asked in the document are deplorable and absolutely inconsistent with our values,” Brian Warren, executive director of the Virginia-based fraternity, said in a statement.

I’m glad the national fraternity took swift action against this deplorable incident. It may have helped that 3700 people signed a petition to shut the frat down.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/rhian/ rhian

    A member of the same fraternity at the same university just pled guilty to secretly videotaping in a women’s locker room:


    Obviously a great organization.

  • http://feministing.com/members/divineoubliette/ Divine

    Best punishment for this behavori? Get copies of this survery and send it to their mothers, sisters and misc female relatives. Let them get the punishment they deserve from their female family memebers also! Any ‘man’ who answered that question on the survey deserves to be utterly and completely embarrassed, shamed and punished with his own words in front of his family! What would these boys grandmother’s think of them if they saw what they wrote? How would their fathers feel/react knowing htat these are the kind of ‘men’ that they raised?

    There isn’t enough community shame thrown at these men who rape, sexually assault ect women and children. This is the only crime where a pillory and stocks should be employed for public and community shaming, if more men were shamed and used as an example for other men to not rape and sexually assualt women and childnre then maybe we would get somewhere.