#MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year

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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 USA and around the world, according to NBC's "Today". "In some cases, criminal charges have been brought".

The hashtag, which rose to prominence this year after actor Alyssa Milano tweeted about it, was originally started by Tarana Burke ten years ago.

In the wake of sexual misconduct revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other prominent men in U.S. politics, media and entertainment, millions of people worldwide have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted.

On the story's heels, the bricks have tumbled across all industries, those accused of sexual misconduct include media personalities, political figures, artists, and more. "For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year".


Time also pointed to other women who called attention to problems all year long. The ride-hailing company launched an investigation afterward and fired 20 employees based on its findings. Her testimony was widely covered.

In October, a tidal wave of celebrities shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment, resulting in a series of scandals against some of Hollywood's most prominent men and prompting the destruction of several careers.

The Time cover features five women, including Fowler, Swift and the actor Ashley Judd, who accused Weinstein of misconduct.

"Going to court to confront this type of behavior is a lonely and draining experience, even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself", Swift told Time.


Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who picks strawberries for a living, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) was stalked and harassed and threatened that her children will be harmed if she spoke out - but she did so, nonetheless.

"We didn't say 'probably, '" Helms clarified, referring to the president's previous tweet.

Time magazine kicked off the morning with a surprising announcement that its anticipated "Person of the Year" would not be just one person. Time called that account false.


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