3BA Header News

Music & Entertainment

'Silence Breakers' win Time recognition

'Silence Breakers' win Time recognition.jpg

This image provided by Time magazine, shows the cover of the magazine's Person of the Year edition as "The Silence Breakers," those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment. The magazine's cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed. (Time Magazine via AP)

Time magazine has named the "the Silence Breakers", the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, as its "person of the year" for 2017."

The movement is epitomised by the MeToo social media hashtag, through which people made their accusations public and shared their own stories of assault and harassment,.

The recognition comes amid a wave of public allegations of sexual misconduct that have targeted some of the most prominent men in US politics, media and entertainment, leading to multiple firings and investigations.

"This is the fastest moving social change we've seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men, too, who came forward to tell their own stories," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC News, referring to them as "the Silence Breakers".

As more people made their accusations public, other individuals also shared their own stories of assault and harassment, often with posts on social media platforms using the hashtag MeToo.

"I could never had envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community," Tarana Burke, who created the hashtag, told NBC.

"This is just the start. It's not just a moment, it's a movement. Now the work really begins."

US President Donald Trump, who was Time's person of the year in 2016, was the first runner-up this year, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Other finalists included US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the election that Trump won; North Korean President Kim Jong Un; "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins; and football player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

Time's annual distinction recognises the person, group, thing or idea that it has determined had the greatest influence on events for the year.

© RAW 2017

You may also like...

Child abuse inquiry's institutions focus

Child abuse inquiry's institutions focus

THE CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION'S FOCUS ON INSTITUTIONSWHY INSTITUTIONS?--The royal commission was set up to inquire into how institutions with a...

Men majority of offenders for child abuse

Men majority of offenders for child abuse

AN INSIGHT INTO THE PERPETRATORS WHO SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN IN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTIONS--* Majority adult males* Nearly 94 per cent of survivors...

Men jailed over Lynette Daley death

Men jailed over Lynette Daley death

Two men who violently sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman, leaving her to bleed to death on a remote NSW beach, have been jailed almost seven years...

Lion mother to pen new book

Lion mother to pen new book

One of the mothers of Saroo Brierley, whose story inspired the tear-jerking film Lion, says a book is on the way giving more insight into her own...