CENTRAL FLORIDA UNIVERSITY FRAT SUSPENDED BY SCHOOL AND NATIONAL ORG
More revenge porn is in the news. And this time, it’s clear that both the University of Central Florida and the national Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity are taking the situation seriously. Central Florida U has suspended the local frat. This after a woman filed a lawsuit against the frat and five of its Central Florida U members. She claims that the frat shared revenge porn on a secret Facebook page without her consent. Obviously, not too many women would agree to have compromising images or video of them listed online and out of their control. Just imagine if this was your daughter? Even worse, if it was your son? It’s scary.
FRAT MEMBER DISPLAYED AND THEN POSTED SEX WITH GIRLFRIEND ONLINE
The woman is Kathryn Novak and she filed her lawsuit last week. Michael Avenatti is representing her. He is the attorney who has national fame recently. He also represents Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Novak is a student in Arizona. But she was in a long-distance relationship with Central Florida student and DSP frat member Brandon Simpson. Simpson recorded a sexual encounter of them both. But he then shared the recording with several of his frat members without her consent. This was according to her filed lawsuit against the frat and its five members. But showing his frat brothers the video was just the beginning. Technology has made it easy for young men to get in trouble. One bad idea can lead to another. And then another. That seems to be the case here. These idiots did this for a while. To many women. Not good.
UNIVERSITY AND NATIONAL CHAPTER SUSPENDS FRAT FOR REVENGE PORN
Simpson played the video at a DSP fraternity chapter meeting. But it was also posted on a secret Facebook page. They called it the “Dog Pound.” That’s a page where DSP frat members regularly posted content displaying their sexual “conquests,” as described in the lawsuit. The University released a statement. It explained its response in suspending the fraternity: “These allegations are contrary to our UCF’s core values. The university has suspended the fraternity and prohibited it from participating in all activities pending the outcome of an investigation. If anyone believes they may have been impacted in this case, UCF wants to hear from you. Visit www.LetsBeClear.ucf.edu to learn about options for filing a report and seeking assistance.” The university isn’t messing around with this situation. They clearly want an example to be made. If they don’t, they could be liable later.
FRAT BOYS BRING SHAME TO NATIONAL ORG AND UNIVERSITY
College wasn’t like this for me. Back then the internet was just beginning. It was slow and clunky. Only really eager geeks wanted to use email. But revenge porn? That had to be staged cameras in a room. But that was before every computer had a small camera. Or a tiny spycam that a woman might not notice. How things have changed for the worse with this frat boy.
Yet the response was fast and strong. But the national Delta Sigma Phi fraternity also took action. They suspended the Central University Chapter for its behavior. They wasted no time doing so. So besides the obvious, why?
EVIDENCE WAS DAMNING, SO SUSPENSIONS WERE IMMEDIATE
They said it was “disturbing and antithetical to our organization’s values and mission.” You can say that again. Your local chapter got busted for unforgivable college sins. And they have associated you with the brand of joyful revenge porn. The suspensions should surprise no one. The University didn’t need for the investigation to be complete. The evidence was damning. They had to nip this in the bud. So they did. Bravo, indeed.
Who wants to be part of a revenge porn lawsuit? Besides, Avenatti is front and center on this. And there’s also that the plaintiff is a lovely young woman. She looks all-American and speaks well. Nobody wants someone like her to get victimized.