Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

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

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

It began after the firestorm of sexual harassment claims starting with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Other finalists included President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The article also highlights Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement more than 10 years ago to highlight the stories of underprivileged people of color affected by sexual abuse.

"The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe", Time wrote.

The Silence Breakers have brought multiple high-profile sexual misconduct accusations (against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Matt Lauer, and more) to light in recent months.

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Time's announcement was made Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was sacked last week amid harassment allegations.

President Trump was the runner-up for Person of the Year.

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"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.

"I have real doubts about whether we'd be going through this if Hillary Clinton had won, because I think that President Trump's election, in many ways, was a setback for women", said NBC's Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News host who past year accused former Fox chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in a book.

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It also includes Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist from Sacramento, California, who said she was groped in front of colleagues, according to 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.

It's official! Time Magazine named "The Silence Breakers" as their Person of the Year.

Time dubbed these people "silence breakers" on a cover unveiled Wednesday, and some attributed their silence breaking to the president.

Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he "probably" would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Time has disputed his account.

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