EUGENE, Ore. – With the new sexual misconduct claims against Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and other powerful men, many are wondering why so many women are coming forward now.
KEZI spoke with Wendy Strgar, a Eugene author who wrote two relationship books.
Strgar said she is not surprised about the stream of sexual harassment claims and she is proud of women who have spoken up.
She said we have seen several powerful men like politicians, actors and reporters accused of sexual misconduct recently. Strgar said she believes most of them are damaged, and have been sexually frustrated for years.
Strgar believes these issues lead some people to subvert their power within their careers to take advantage of others. She said the outpouring of claims were sparked when college students started speaking out.
"I think it started with the nonconsensual sex on campuses where a lot of really bold and powerful young women started to tell the truth and I think that sort of created and unleashed the landslide of truth telling," Strgar said.
She said these incidents also stem from children not being properly educated about sexual relationships and health, which can lead to intimacy issues.