Attribution: Gage Skidmore
The former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has disclosed that the increasing number of sexual assault allegations have made her feel “sick.”
During a speech in Connecticut, former first lady Obama stated: “I can’t tell you how sick it makes me, the more I see the uncovering of the truth that all us women know has been out there, that there is an ugliness there.”
As reported by People, she added: “If we want young women to be strong and have voices and advocate for themselves, then we have to realise how much work we have to do. And I’m talking to the men out there, who cannot be innocent bystanders and complacent, watching this happen.”
Former FLOTUS Obama said that she was “loved and nurtured and invested [in]” which helped her achieve her success in life.
She also said that girls and women face all kinds of “danger,” from men looking at them in an unusual manner to opportunities being taken away from them.
Obama’s comments come as a growing number of men in politics, Hollywood, and the media have been accused of sexual harassment and assault.
Most recently, Al Franken, the Senator and former comedian, was accused of groping and kissing Leann Tweeden, a radio host, in 2006 when they were on a USO tour in the Middle East.
Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate, has also been accused by various women of making sexual advances on them when they were still teenagers, including one woman who was 14 years old at the time and Moore was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations and has refused calls to step aside.
Obama was a vocal critic of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign trail in 2016 after a series of Hollywood Access tape from 2005 revealed that Trump had bragged about his fame permitting him to grab women by the genitals.
The President was accused of sexual assault by over a dozen women, which he denied.