Time Names 'The Silence Breakers' Of #MeToo Movement Person Of The Year


This year, the person is not a single individual but an entire group of people: the silence breakers of the #MeToo movement. "In some cases, criminal charges have been brought". The hashtag was tweeted almost a million times in 48 hours.

After The New York Times and The New Yorker published accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, many more women and some men came forward with allegations against others - including actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K. and former NBC anchor Matt Lauer.

The cover features five courageous women: Ashley Judd, the first woman to share her experiences with Harvey Weinstein, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who blogged about her experiences at the company, Adama Iwu, a lobbyist who organized an open letter signed by 147 Californians, Taylor Swift, who sued a DJ for $1 after he sued her for losing his job after groping her and Isabel Pascual, a strawberry picker who changed her name for the story to protect her family after being stalked and threatened at work. Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third.

Social activist Tarana Burke created the "me too" movement a decade ago to help sexual assault survivors in disadvantaged communities. 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".

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. The publication refers to them as "the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment".

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.

The president tweeted last month that he was "probably" going to be given the title, adding that he "took a pass" because he would have had to agree to an interview and a photo shoot.

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".