TIME MAGAZINE'S PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 IS...

No, definitely not Larry Nassar


A bit off topic but just on Monday, 5 February 2018, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison for years of sexually abusing over 200 women and girls. The doctor was well known in the Michigan gymnast community for his treatment of injured athletes. 

He claimed that his "pelvic floor" treatment which involved him putting his fingers into young girls' vaginas was a cure for a number of physical injuries. A number of his victims even included Olympic gymnasts. How people actually believed this for so many years is beyond me!

Okay, Asha, that was random, why are you going on about this Nassar guy? Well Larry Nassar is just another of a long line of sexual assault cases the media has been shining their spotlight on lately. And that's why TIME magazine's person of the year for 2017 was such an important breakthrough.

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TIME'S PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 IS...

THE SILENCE BREAKERS (THE #METOO CAMPAIGN)

"We can't all be sluts, we can't all be asking for it."






It all started when Tarana Burke, the founder of a sexual harassment nonprofit, created the Me Too movement in 2006 to encourage women to show solidarity and share their experiences. But it only really blew up when in 2017, Alyssa Milano tweeted "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet."
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#MeToo was such an integral part of 2017 - a movement that encompassed every class, religion, nationality and age group of women (and even men) in the world. Something that that was a common experience between a millionaire like Taylor Swift and a dishwasher like Sandra Pezqueda.


For the days, weeks and months that followed women from all walks of life heeded to the call, opening up a major conversation on sexual harassment.

In South Africa things are particularly bad. The police recorded a total of 39,828 rapes in 2016/17. An average of 109.1 rapes were recorded each day. The Eastern Cape had the highest rape rate at 105.3 per 100,000 people.

You can imagine my excitement to find out TIME magazine named 'The Silence Breakers' their person of the year for 2017 (That ironic moment when Trump said he "took a pass" at being TIME's Person of the Year).



The Silence Breakers refers to the women that stood up against sexual assault and fought for the rest of us that were too scared to. You are the real MVPs.

Hopefully this year more women, and men, will take a stand and maybe one day our great-great-great-granddaughter will live in a world where woman are respected and treated the way they deserve to be.



I'll leave you with a quote by Rachael Denhollander, the woman who first brought Nassar's abuse to public attention in 2016.

"How much is a little girl worth?" she asked the court in Eaton County, "I am asking you to tell these little girls, tell the young women, tell the watching world, that they are worth everything," 

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