"I think this movement touches so many women," Silence Breakers named Person of the Year
MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)-- Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" Cover announced Wednesday is not one person, but people.
"The Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo movement who spoke out about sexual assault and harassment were honored with the cover spot, over President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Robert Mueller, North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, Colin Kaepernick and Patty Jenkins.
The women of the movement have come forward to expose the many scandals of 2017, and allegations against men in the realms of entertainment, politics and the workplace.
The magazine also released a video to their social media accounts that details some of the women's stories.
The movement was started after a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, while the "me too" concept was introduced years ago by activist Tarana Burke.
"It's so incredible to watch it unfold in our time, to see, that this has been going on a long time," said Jane Keiffer, Executive Director of the Artemis Center in Dayton.
Artemis provides resources to victims of domestic violence, but Keiffer said sexual assault and domestic violence go hand in hand.
"We've had some movements that are important but they just don't keep the traction," Keiffer said, "But I think this movement touches so many women."
"These have been positions of men in power," she continued, "And I think these women coming forward are saying 'no more', in that we're not going to stay silent and that women are valued and that women do have a place in the workplace just as much as men."
Names of the alleged perpetrators have been titans of entertainment, news and politics.
FOX 45 got reaction to the cover from Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman.
"I think it's an interesting cover," Portman said Wednesday, "And I think it's a good decision because it is women coming forward who've been willing to go on the record, as the women were in Alabama, which is why I think it's such a credible series of allegations."
Portman, referring to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct alleged of Alabama judge and candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore.
"I'm glad to see that the Today Show, for example, that they took action, that it wasn't 'oh we're going to listen and believe him'," Keiffer said.
"I really do think that there's going to be policies in place, policies that are going to be followed that will help change our work culture," she continued.
Keiffer said she hopes to Time cover will give strength to women who haven't spoken up yet about being victimized.
Time magazine said it's the faceless women who embody the "arm" pictured on the cover.
Time's editor in chief said that the people who spoke out about harassment have created one of the greatest velocity shifts in our culture in decades.
If you need help or want to talk about an assault or abuse case, you can call the Artemis Hotline at 937-461-HELP.
You can remain an anonymous caller.
You can also find resources through their website.