Two UofR professors named Time Magazine Person of the Year

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Two professors at the University of Rochester are among dozens of whistle blowers named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 

Time named Dr. Celeste Kidd and Dr. Jessica Cantlon and the rest of the recipients, "The Silence Breakers," for their effort to stop sexual harassment and abuse. 

Kidd and Cantlon filed federal harassment complaints against the UofR and a fellow professor which triggered an independent investigation into UofR policy.

They say it's a surreal feeling to be named, but are happy about the outcome. 

"I'm happy for women, I'm happy for the cause but I'm especially happy for students at the University of Rochester who I know are looking for cues that the things that they've experienced are things that people care about," said Kidd. 

"Women's voices are joining together now when they've been harassed or abused they are able to speak out about it  they're able to say absolutely not and now when they do that they find a comunity a public that is willing to listen to them that's willing to believe them and willing to support them," said Cantlon.

Kidd and Cantlon add they are not surprised their story is still getting national attention given how many people are affected by the same situations. 


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