Time names sexual abuse 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the Year

Ebony Scott
December 7, 2017

President Donald Trump was named "runner up", a telling blow to the President after he claimed on Twitter a few weeks ago that he had "passed" on being named "Person of the Year" again.

Edward Felsenthal, the magazine's editor in chief, named its selection as a group of people dubbed as "The Silence Breakers" who created the powerful movement that exposed the harrowing predominance sexual harassment in the US and around the world, according to NBC's "Today".

"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight", the Time feature states.

The online hashtag movement had snowballed into a worldwide phenomenon after the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal broke out, drawing people out of the closet and giving them the courage to speak up and speak out against their harassers.

Weinstein has denied via his lawyers and spokespeople that he engaged in any non-consensual behavior.

The magazine's cover features famous faces like Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift, but it also includes lesser publicly known women who have taken on the plight of sexual harassment.

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A number of men also have revealed they were victims of sexual abuse, including Anthony Rapp, who accused Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances on him when he was a teenager. The latter, USA Today reported, represents women who have yet to come forward with their stories.

The scope of the problem nationwide is reflected in a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday: it said 47 percent of American women say they have been sexually assaulted.

"The galvanising actions of the women on our cover, along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s". Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Swift, and Isabel Pascual are pictured on the magazine's cover.

TIME in its article says, " The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it.

"The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year", he added. In 2015, the magazine named Angela Merkel for her decisive response to Europe's refugee crisis, one of many emergencies she has managed over the last decade.

And now, TIME has honoured the women who aided this ground-breaking movement with the title of "Person of the Year".

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