The Harvey Weinstein scandal has definitely sparked a national conversation about sexual misconduct. According to TIME magazine, since the New York Times and The New Yorker first published allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Weinstein back in October, at least 56 other men in Hollywood have been accused as well. In response, Michele Obama recently spoke out and said all of the stories have made her “sick.”

“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,“ she said during a speech in Connecticut. “If we want young women to be strong and have voices and advocate for themselves, then we have to realize how much work we have to do.”

She went on to say that the fellas need to step forward to help combat the issue too. “I’m talking to the men out there, who cannot be innocent bystanders and complacent … watching this happen.”

“I was one of the lucky ones. I am what it looks like when a girl is loved and nurtured and invested [in.]”

But, she added, “we live in a world … where young girls are literally in danger of some kind of mess, whether it’s what a man says to us, or how he looks at us, or an opportunity that is taken from us, or somebody who’s got our foot on our necks … it is such a sad, common existence for women and girls in this country.”

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