Written by Stacey Khizder
Yesterday, TIME finally announced their person of the year. Or people, to be more accurate. ‘The Silence Breakers’ are on this years’ cover, and it’s sending a powerful message that ‘modern society’ needs to listen to.
‘The Silence Breakers’ are the brave victims of sexual assault, harassment, and/or rape who have come forward against their abusers. Week after week, powerful men have been taken down for sexual abuse and harassment. The latest headlines circled around former 'Today Show' host, Matt Lauer. While each and every accusation is disgusting and appalling... there's a bright side. In 2017, victims are finally being believed and abusers are being held accountable.
However, it is extremely troubling that among Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and Al Franken, politicians who are guilty of harassment are not met with appropriate punishment. It's despicable that in the world of politics some value party loyalty over justice and basic ethics.
There are a few things that are still puzzling to me. I find it hard to believe that the producers and other staff members at companies like NBC, Netflix, Fox, and amongst Hollywood did not know that sexual assault took place over the years. I can’t believe that these company executives have never heard of or witnessed harassment in real time. It’s disgusting that each time a brave victim comes forward, employers act like they had no idea, and as if they are doing “the right thing” by terminating the abuser.Before, employers were morally passive and predatory behavior was tolerated. Now, the social norm is changing. The conversation around how society and businesses treat victims of sexual assault is finally and fortunately changing, and it's Feminist AF.