Today, TIME Magazine announced its Person of the Year: the Silence Breakers—all of the women who stepped forward to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, encouraging each other to come forward, creating a wave of revelations and helping some men who are also victims find their voices, too.
As TIME points out, what appeared to be an overnight change has been brewing for decades (centuries, really). This current movement began two months ago when Ashley Judd went on the record with The New York Times about Harvey Weinstein trying to sexually coerce her in a hotel room in what Judd thought was supposed to be a business breakfast meeting. A few days later, The New Yorker released a story about its own 10-month investigation that included 13 on-the-record stories from Weinstein's victims. Actresses and filmmakers including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette, Heather Graham, and many, many more spoke out about how Weinstein had mistreated them.