Monica Lewinsky Breaks Silence, Talks About Cyberbullying
Monica Lewinsky, infamously known for her relationship with former president Bill Clinton, has broken her silence May of last year about the “shame” that befell her.
In an essay for Vanity Fair titled Shame and Survival, she wrote about the humiliation she had endured. The essay, selected as a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award, was written to “burn the beret and bury the blue dress” and “give a purpose” to her past.
“At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss,” Ms. Lewinsky said at the TED 2015 convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“At the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences. Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake, and I regret that mistake deeply.”
She works on behalf of victims of cyberbullying.
Despite social media not having been as advanced and developed back in 1998 as it is today, pictures of Ms. Lewinsky wearing a black beret had gone viral on the Internet. Accompanying the images were nasty jokes about her and her relationship.
“I went from being a private figure to being a publicly humiliated one worldwide. There were mobs of virtual stone-throwers,” BBC reported Ms. Lewinsky as saying.
“I was branded a tart, a slut, a whore, a bimbo. I lost my reputation and my dignity and I almost lost my life. Seventeen years ago there was no name for it but now we call it cyberbullying or online harassment.”
Ms. Lewinsky, now 41, has a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, according to The New York Times.
When asked about her decision to come out of her quiet, she said, “The top-note answer was and is: Because it’s time. Time to stop tiptoeing around my past … Time to take back my narrative.”