Time's Person of the Year: 'Silence Breakers' speaking out against sexual harassment

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Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomised by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential "person" of 2017.

Numerous women have spoken out since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports.

Time's editor-in-chief says the Silence Breakers are the "Person of the Year" for giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, and for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.

But the magazine caught a lucky break - because only one eagle-eyed Twitter user and a Chinese TV network called China Global picked up the cover before the official announcement Wednesday morning. When multiple harassment claims bring down a charmer like former Today show host Matt Lauer, women who thought they had no recourse see a new, wide-open door. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year's victor hits "close to home" and mentioned Lauer by name.

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Mukoyama, a Chicago native of Japanese descent, became the first Asian-American in US history to command an army division in 1986. "In the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the day December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy", Pasiak said .

"That's an anonymous woman who is a hospital worker who was experiencing harassment and didn't feel that she could come forward", Alter said. "The hashtag #metoo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it". Milano has said she wasn't aware of Burke's contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.

"This is just the start".

"A huge part of this story is that, as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the Me Too movement, it's still really hard for a lot of women to come forward", she said. "We have an opportunity and I think that we'll take advantage of this opportunity and we will hit the ground running, doing really hard work to make sure we maximize this moment".

He gave life to KKK in the U.S., which is very active now, while being supportive of the other racist movements including in the UK. In a behind-the-scenes look at the cover photo, Linz said, "The portraits for us are all about emotion".