Time magazine names 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the Year

The publication has highlighted the people who have spoken out against sexual harassment & assault

Time magazine names 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the Year

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Time magazine has announced 'The Silence Breakers' as its Person of the Year - referring to the women & men who have spoken out against sexual harassment & assault.

A number of activists and accusers have been chosen to represent the group, as well as more high-profile figures such as Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano and Taylor Swift. 

It comes in the wake of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - a moment that has sparked accusations against dozens of other high-profile men, as well as the #MeToo movement across social media. 

In an article on the magazine's decision, Time writer Lily Rothman explained: "Time's editors have found that there is no single person who sparked the cultural change that defined the year. And that’s part of what made that change so powerful. If the silence surrounding sexual harassment and assault had been broken by just one voice, the world may have been able to ignore it.

"But together, the hundreds who dared to speak up have started a movement that shaped 2017 — and that shows no sign of stopping."

The long-running magazine has previously awarded groups the annual accolade on a number of occasions - most recently 'Ebola fighters' in 2014.

Runners up for this year's accolade included Donald Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping, American footballer turned anti-racism protester Colin Kaepernick, US special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.