The ‘Silence breakers’ as Time puts it, are all those women who gave power to the movement against sexual abuse.
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It started with an exposé delineating countless allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But soon, personal stories began pouring in from women in all industries across the world, and the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment (Read our article: #MeToo).
The movement began on social media after a call to action by the actress, Alyssa Milano, one of Weinstein’s most vocal critics, who wrote: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Within days, millions of women – and some men – used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to disclose the harassment and abuse they have faced in their own lives.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 6, 2017
Time’s honor is definitely one of a kind and worth appreciating, because these women are the real heroes of 2017. Putting these women on the cover is symbolic of a change, that victims of abuse will not be silenced and shut up (To every woman out there!).
Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal considers #MeToo as the fastest moving social change in the last decade, and why not!
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 6, 2017
WATCH: “I thought if women could just come forward and say #MeToo…then we could really start to shape this and get an idea of the magnitude of this issue.” –@Alyssa_Milano #TIMEPOY pic.twitter.com/WhAFPEKr9b
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 6, 2017
“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.”
Team FWD salutes everyone who has been and continues to be a part of #MeToo, because, #MeToo.