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Adama Iwu Featured On The Cover Of Time Magazine's "Person Of The Year"

Time Magazine via AP

This image provided by Time magazine, shows the cover of the magazine's Person of the Year edition as "The Silence Breakers," those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment.

Time Magazine via AP

TIME Magazine says its "Person of the Year" designation is going to the people who have come forward with personal stories about sexual assault and harassment.

One woman featured on the cover started the campaign to highlight the problem at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Sacramento Corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu organized a letter signed by more than 140 women that says sexual harassment is pervasive in the Capitol.

She says the magazine cover is a sign that the effort to stop abuse has gained real traction.

"It was 147 of us and there are so many women who have stepped up in Sacramento at great personal cost, in other states at great personal cost, in Congress to tell their stories. This isn't going away. This isn't something that's going to fade away quietly. We're not going to let it go," Iwu said.  

Iwu spoke with CapRadio's Insight host Beth Ruyak shortly after the letter was published in October. She said women have come forward before, but they have been brushed aside or silenced by non-disclosure agreements and settlements.

"But it's more difficult to ignore when 140 women of different points in their career, different races, all say, 'no, this is actually a problem."

TIME'S editor in Chief said on the Today Show this is the fastest moving social change the country has seen in decades, started by hundreds of courageous individuals.

Iwu appears in the issue with social activists, farm workers, actresses and others who spoke out against harassment and assault across the world in 2017.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

Sally Schilling

Reporter

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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