September 3, 2009
Len Bozza is known throughout the community as a man who thinks about others, both in words, and in deeds. He is known as a man who goes the extra mile, in women's shoes nonetheless, to put a stop to sexual assault.
"You do get some comments on the mall and some double looks, but you have to be confident about who you are. I think wearing the high heels is just saying I'm willing to understand your problem," said Len Bozza, a volunteer for the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.
Last spring, Len strapped on stilettos, taking part in SARA's annual "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event. Len and the men who walked with him may have been a bit shaky in the high heels, but they stood tall in support of ending sexual violence.
"The real men have to step up and say, 'real men don't abuse women, real men don't have to be controlling, don't have to be violent.' I think we need to teach young boys and young men to respect everyone, men and women," said Laurie Seaman of SARA.
A retired high school principle, Len now works for a new passion; it's without pay, but not without reward.
"When you retire, it doesn't mean that you stop doing constructive things. I was looking for something else that I could contribute, and that I thought was a worthy cause, and this certainly is," said Bozza.
Len puts in ten hours-per-week at SARA, joining the ranks of other volunteers.
"They do so much amazing work for us, but Len goes above and beyond what we see on a day-to-day basis," said Myrtha Veldhuis, of SARA.
While many of the people who work for SARA are women, Len Bozza believes men have something at stake. He thinks men do not understand how large of a problem sexual assault is, and suggests they speak to the women in their lives to find out how sexual assault affects them.
This week's hero, Len Bozza, dons high heels in an effort to stop sexual assault dead in its tracks.