Sexual harassment survivors have entered the spotlight in a way they never have before. Due to the newfound attention, survivors are receiving as a result of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, many women have come forward to share their stories in order to shed light on the assault and abuse culture in their industries. Breaking the silence on the reality of sexual harassment is a huge step forward. It is imperative that all survivors feel safe to speak up about the injustices they face.

Each year, Time magazine prints a Person of the Year issue that includes a profile on a person, idea, or movement that greatly influenced the past year. It does not inherently support that person or movement—for instance, Hitler was once a Person of the Year—but instead acknowledges the person or movement’s importance in everyday life. In December, Time published the 2017 issue and chose to recognize the people who spoke up against a systemic issue that they face every day. The cover showcased six women, all of whom come from different backgrounds and work in different industries but have one thing in common: they have all spoken up about being a survivor of sexual harassment. The issue was titled “The Silence Breakers.”

The six women chosen for the cover represent the larger group of people who have spoken out against sexual assault. The spectrum of gender, economic status, political affiliation, and race represented in the article shows that there is not just one specific type of person who is affected by sexual harassment.  This is a global problem.

One of the six women chosen was Ashley Judd, a movie star who was the first person to speak publicly about sexual harassment she received from Harvey Weinstein. Since her account was printed in the October 5, 2017 issue of The New York Times, 57 women have spoken out against the studio head.

Next, Time chose Taylor Swift. She was sued for $3 million by radio jockey David Mueller because she spoke publicly about the time he reached under her skirt and groped her during a photo-op. Swift then countered the case by suing for $1 in order to show that women have the power to say no when someone takes advantage of them.

Three other women on the cover—Mexican farmer Isabel Pascual, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, and Uber engineer Susan Fowler—all spoke about their personal experiences of sexual harassment and how these affected their experience in the workplace, their lives at home, and how they conducted themselves in society.

The last woman on the cover was the only one who did not show her face. Represented by a lone elbow on the right side of the page, she is an anonymous hospital worker who spoke on behalf of all the people who felt they could not do so. She told the story of those with too much at risk to tell their own stories.

Many do not speak up because they are afraid of what they will lose if they do. They are threatened with physical violence, unemployment, and the inability to care for their families. Furthermore, admitting that one is a survivor of sexual assault was often considered shameful until recently. Many are afraid of the treatment they will face and worried about what coming forward will do to their reputations.

This trend of women speaking openly on issues that affect them gives those who feel silenced a voice. Hearing someone tell a story of a similar experience establishes a support system among survivors and encourages more people to speak out. Time magazine’s acknowledgement of this movement will show more women and men that it is acceptable to talk about issues that impact them and generate further conversations about how we can fix these issues. In order for this movement to change the current environment, people need to continue speaking their truths, and those at fault need to be held accountable for their actions.

Time magazine’s recognition of this movement highlights the massive impact it has had around the world. This large-scale acknowledgment indicates that our nation has become more informed and aware about sexual harassment and assault. However, the movement does not end here. We must continue creating safe spaces for people to tell their stories of injustice and remind those that have been silenced that their voices matter. In contrast with the 2016 Person of the Year, Donald Trump, Time magazine’s acknowledgement of The Silence Breakers shows that we are already taking a step forward.