As disturbing allegations of high profile assault and sexual assault cases continue to dominate national headlines, a new grassroots campaign is launching asking men to "Man Up".
I can MANifest change invites men, teenagers and boys to stand-up and say violence against women is not acceptable. "We want to make it the norm to stand-up and tell them 'hey that's not cool'," says 17 year old grade 12 Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary Student Euan Scoffield.
A new campaign 'I can MANifest change' launches in Ottawa encouraging men to stand-up and speak out saying violence against women is not acceptable.Scoffield, along with some his schoolmates, helped to launch the campaign Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
The idea is for males to take a "selfie", a post a pledge on line at
"We want to send a positive message out that it is okay for people, for men, to stand-up with their peers and say this is not acceptable and we won't tolerate this as a community," says Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.
The I can MANifest Change project is a partnership between the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Crime Prevention Ottawa, and Ottawa Police
"If it's just me trying to stop it I don't think it's going to do anything," says grade 12 student Cedrick Jeanty, "I think we should all come together as a community to help the cause."
The campaign already has some high-profile pledges, including Ottawa Senator Marc Methot. You can see Methot's pledge at www.manifestchange.ca
Ottawa Police Staff Sergeant Angela McDade hopes the campaign will help give more victims the strength to come forward.
"The investigators that we have the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, they're supportive and they're caring and they will listen to what you have to say and they will do the best investigation that they can," says McDade.