Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

"The Silence Breakers" Announced as 2017 TIME Person of the Year

TIME magazine honors sexual assault survivors who broke their silence and joined the #MeToo movement by naming them the "Person of the Year".

The movement gained momentum after The New York Times published a damning exposé featuring several women who publicly accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

It was the 91 {+s} t year that the magazine has recognized the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year.

"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 editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal unveiled the cover of the magazine's 91st edition on Wednesday on the Today Show. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year's victor hits "close to home" and mentioned Lauer by name. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. The actor Alyssa Milano tweeted the phrase in mid-October, telling her followers: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet". The hashtag was tweeted almost a million times in 48 hours. It's not just a moment, it's a movement.

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"As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, 'That's it". Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said a news conference last month that she was 16 when a 30-year-old Moore locked her in his vehicle and "attempted to force my head into his crotch".

"A huge part of this story is that, as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the Me Too movement, it's still really hard for a lot of women to come forward", Alter continued. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, Trump suggested he was going to be named Time Person of the Year again, but that he turned it down.

Time had shortlisted US President Donald Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping, special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Dreamers and former San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick and lastly, American film director and screenwriter, and the creator of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins - in that order. She added that "the overall message" of Trump's victory "was that we don't really matter". The arm of a sixth person has also been included in this iconic cover - of a woman who gave Time an account of the incident she had faced - but declined to be pictured as it would "threaten her livelihood".

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