Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Time names sexual abuse 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the

Time names sexual abuse 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the

Despite slamming the designation, Trump was named Person of the Year in 2016 shortly after he was elected.

Before the actual victor was announced, TIME asked readers who they considered the most influential person of the year.

Last year, TIME bestowed the Person of the Year designation on Donald Trump, who had just become president-elect after stunning the nation - and the world - by winning the White House race. He said in November that he had turned down the award, which Time denied.

The magazine nominated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump has nicknamed "Little Rocket Man" and who has overseen ballistic missile tests that have raised fears of a nuclear confrontation.

Robert Mueller made the list for his investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and it's connections to the Trump campaign that could topple the president.

And now the #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017.

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Trump has been accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. It's actually People of the Year: "The Silence Breakers". Tied for third were Kaepernick, Mueller, and Dreamers (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children) with 5 percent.

The magazine gave a nod to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shaken up the Middle East with promises for a "more moderate Islam" and last month's shocking anti-corruption crackdown on Saudi officials and princes.

Two other picks are significant names in sports and pop culture.

Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers quarterback, launched national protest during the national anthem.

Trump was once again a finalist this year. The box-office smash "Wonder Woman" was hailed as a meaningful step forward for the representation of women in media.

Since 1927, TIME has bestowed its Person of the Year title upon an individual or group of people who the magazine's editors believe have most influenced news and events of the past year, "for good or ill". Other controversial choices include Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942, Nikita Khrushchev in 1957 and Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

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