Thursday, 14 December, 2017

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

President Trump Was Named Time's #MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year
Steve Townsend | 07 December, 2017, 00:18

Dubbed "the silence breakers" in Time's accompanying feature and the #MeToo movement on its shortlist, the magazine's latest honouree recognizes the women and men who, in increasing numbers and with greater success since a pair of October features in The New York Times and New Yorker laid bare the serial predatory behaviour of iconic film producer Harvey Weinstein, have been stepping forward and sharing their stories of being victims of harassment. Both men have been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. Time praised those who have given "voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable".

This year's Person of the Year cover photo features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual, and an unidentified hospital worker from Texas, according to Time.

Since 1927, Time has named a person or group of persons whose influence has most impacted the news and events of the past year, whether for "good or ill", "Today" reported. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year's victor hits "close to home" and mentioned Lauer by name.

Calling #MeToo a "powerful accelerant", Felsenthal noted that the hashtag has been used millions of times in at least 85 countries. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence.

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"What a difference a year can make", she said when she heard the news during an interview on CNN Wednesday morning, referencing the way accusations against Trump were handled last year leading up to the election compared to now. Burke is the founder of a non-profit which helps survivors and she called on women to show solidarity with each other as early as 2006. It's not just a moment, it's a movement.

"As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, 'That's it".

"The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year", he added. "It's vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum". O'Reilly also denies any wrongdoing, but the news company severed its ties with the well-known commentator.

The magazine became embroiled in a Twitter row with Mr Trump over this year's award after he claimed he "took a pass" because the publication asked for the opportunity to meet him without confirming he would retain the title. Time has disputed his account.

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