Time magazine names 'The Silence Breakers' behind #MeToo movement as Person of the Year

Time magazine names 'The Silence Breakers' behind #MeToo movement as Person of the Year

Time magazine names 'The Silence Breakers' behind #MeToo movement as Person of the Year

Updated 7 December 2017, 1:35 AEDT

Time magazine names "The Silence Breakers", hundreds of women — and some men, too — who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment using the #MeToo social media hashtag as the most influential "person" of 2017.

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" in 2017, the publication has announced.

"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's Today program, referring to them as "the silence breakers".

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

More to come.

Reuters