In what I'm calling the best move of the year, Time Magazine has named "The Silence Breakers" as their person of the year. The Silence Breakers, spawned from the #MeToo movement and fueled by the countless brave victims of sexual assault, are being heralded as the bravest of the brave. From actors and actresses to the everyday woman working in an office or behind a McDonald's counter, the horrific, yet familiar, stories of sexual assault has a single common thread. It does NOT discriminate.
"Nearly all of the people TIME interviewed about their experiences expressed a crushing fear of what would happen to them personally, to their families or to their jobs if they spoke up.
For some, the fear was borne of a threat of physical violence. Pascual felt trapped and terrified when her harasser began to stalk her at home, but felt she was powerless to stop him. If she told anyone, the abuser warned her, he would come after her or her children.
Those who are often most vulnerable in society—immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income workers and LGBTQ people—described many types of dread. If they raised their voices, would they be fired? Would their communities turn against them? Would they be killed? According to a 2015 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 47% of transgender people report being sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, both in and out of the workplace."
It seems as if our country is beginning to recognize its failure to protect its citizens in this particular area. Let's hope the world wakes up to the other issues of race relations and economics soon.
Watch Time's riveting video and then join the conversation on this issue in the comments below.