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'Silence Breakers' are Time's Person of The Year

2017-12-07 HKT 04:21
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  • Actress Ashley Judd is one of several women featured on the cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year. Judd spoke out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein - helping to promote the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media. Photo: AP
    Actress Ashley Judd is one of several women featured on the cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year. Judd spoke out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein - helping to promote the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media. Photo: AP
The so-called 'Silence Breakers' have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Dozens of men and women have shared their stories since October about sexual misconduct by numerous high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. The revelations also helped prompt millions worldwide to tweet about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.

The movement began spontaneously in October after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."

The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. The #MeToo movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke on Twitter a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Actress Ashley Judd's claims about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spur the movement on.

Time's announcement was made on Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged on Wednesday that this year's winner hits "close to home" and mentioned Lauer by name.

The two runners-up were President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing. (AP)