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May 1, 2018

It Is Time for Women (and Men) to Be Brave: A Consequence of the #MeToo Movement

Author Affiliations
  • 1Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA. 2018;319(17):1761-1762. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4059

It is telling that TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year honor was shared by “the silence breakers,” 61 women and men, from familiar actors to ordinary people, who came forward to report sexual assault and harassment, mostly in the workplace.1 Their stories are powerful and, sadly, not at all unfamiliar.

From the perspective of a female surgeon, one of the first female chairs of surgery, and now as one of a handful of female medical center chief executive officers and medical school deans, it appears that US society is on the cusp of a change in addressing sexual harassment and abuse.

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