Ottawa police trade shoes for heels to draw attention to sexualized violence

November 26, 2014


By Joe Lafaro

Insp. Mike Maloney dons red heels in support of the Walk A Mile In her Shoes campaign Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
Ottawa police officers strutted down Elgin Street very carefully in shimmering red high heels Tuesday as they came together to support a trifecta of initiatives aimed at raising awareness about ending violence against women.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau led a group of his fellow officers from the Elgin Street station to City Hall in heels to mark the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes campaign.

The annual event is held nationwide to draw attention to sexualized violence. According to the website, “it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women.”


Sgt. Colin Stokes, one of the officers who publicly promoted the cause, said police see upwards of 4,500 cases of partner assault investigated every year.

“Laying charges against offenders is only one way to address violence against women,” he said.

It is one the reasons why police rallied Tuesday in support of initiatives like the White Ribbon Campaign and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women’s Shine the Light campaign.

“It’s through these kinds of initiatives and awareness-raising campaigns that change takes place in our community,” said Stokes.

Violence against women is one of Bordeleau’s top policing priorities. In the broader community, the issue has gained heightened attention in the media with the recent sexual assault allegations on Parliament Hill and at the CBC.

Urooj Mian, executive director of Women in International Security Canada, said the various campaigns can be a driver for women to report or get help for harassment and abuse.

“Part of the awareness is to create that recognition to share those resources and to encourage women coming forward, even knowing where to come forward and where to go,” said Mian.

Tuesday also marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, during which WIIS-Canada will coordinate panel discussions with policy makers and survivors of sexual violence.




Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

The Federal Government has just escalated Ontario's Promotion of Violence towards men by women.

The Ottawa Police habitually Fabricate evidence NOT to charge violent women and to charge Male victims of domestic violence simply to engage in Money Laundering of tax payers dollars to fund an illegal Fascist Agenda of promoting violence against fathers.


Low life Rotten cops like Det. Van Der Zander personally Fabricate Evidence NOT to charge violent women to take children from full time fathers and place with the most violent of mothers.


Our Police Chief turns a deliberate blind eye and effectively runs one of Ontario's largest Criminal Organizations.


Ottawa Mens Centre