Men need to set examples to end violence against women

It's not a women's issue anymore. That's the word from a roundtable discussion this morning about men's roles in ending violence against women.

There's a call for change coming from a man who knows first-hand the damage that gender-based violence can inflict and being echoed by leaders here in Ottawa.

Glen Canning's daughter committed suicide after she was bullied over photographs that were taken the night she said she was raped by four boys.

"The father of one of these kids actually kind of sided with his son on the whole thing and, I mean, as a father of a daughter, what kind of boy would I prefer was in that house that night, you know, as a father of a daughter, how would I like other men to raise their sons," he said.

He said the loss of his daughter and her struggle before taking her own life inspired him to challenge other men to raise their sons to respect women and to treat them as equals and not as a prize to be won or conquered.

He said the best way to do that is to lead by example.

He also explained he believes there is no neutrality in this issue, saying you are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

He said as much as this is a men's issue now it's also a father's issue because they, and other role models in a young man's life, set the tone for the kind of person that young man will become.

That's a sentiment echoed by Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau who is challenging his officers, community leaders and men and boys of all ages to both stand up for the women in their life and challenge their friends and colleagues if they say or do things that are inappropriate.

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