Now the world is gradually changing in the favour of safe environment, for the favour of peace. The world and humanity are with the Silence Breakers, who are with truth, against all odds, they don’t keep silence, they bold their voices for humanity. TIME celebrates this positive spirit.
TIME has named the Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year. Taylor Swift appears on Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover honouring people who have come forward to report sexual misconduct.
The article also includes actor Ashley Judd, who was at the centre of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, as well as Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano and activist Tarana Burke pioneers in the #MeToo movement that sparked a global discussion about sexual harassment and assault.
“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”
- President Trump was the runner-up for Person of the Year. Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third.
- Time’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, announced the pick Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today.”
The magazine’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in an interview on the “Today” show on Wednesday that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.”
The women and men, who broke their silence to share their stories of victimization gave traction to the #MeToo campaign, which took off on social media and fueled a worldwide discussion on just how endemic sexual harassment has been.
Burke told Time that the stigma for sexual assault victims has long been a badge of disgrace, but now the tide has shifted.
“Sexual harassment does bring shame,” Burke said. “And I think it’s really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator.”