Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault، epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag، as the most influential "person" in 2017، according to reports.
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC's "Today" program on Wednesday that the "Me Too" movement was the fastest moving social change the magazine had seen in decades and referred to the hundreds of women and some men who came forward with their allegations of sexual misconduct as "the silence breakers."
In October، celebrities and women around the world took to Twitter to denounce sexual harassment and assault with the hashtag #metoo، following the actress Alyssa Milano's call for action.
Women who spoke out، initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others، helped to spawn the #MeToo movement، with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.
The tweets، Instagram and Facebook posts began 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. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn't aware of Burke's contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.