‘Monica Lewinsky’- the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear her name, is her illicit affair with the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton. Lewinsky, however, is much more than that. Last year, she broke her long silence on the subject and raised her voice against cyber bullying, to which she was a victim. At a summit in October she called herself “possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the internet.”
Recently, she was invited to give a TED talk on cyber bullying. Before she went into the depth of this issue, Lewinsky didn’t shy away from talking about the scandal. Addressing the event, she said: “At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. And at the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences,” adding that this was a mistake she regrets every day.
Talking about the bullying, she also said, “Now I admit I made mistakes — especially wearing that beret — but the attention and judgment that I received — not the story, but that I personally received — was unprecedented,” she said. “I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo and, of course, ‘that woman.’ I was known by many, but actually known by few. I get it. It was easy to forget ‘that woman’ was dimensional and had a soul,” reported CNN.
She talked about how she survived the darkest period of her life with help of family and friends. She believes that cyber bullying is the most tolerated form of harassment and should be put to a stop. “It was empathy and compassion from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers, that saved me. Empathy from one person can make a difference,” Lewinsky said, according to People.com.
From just a defamed intern to becoming an anti-bullying activist- Lewinsky has proved that there is much more to people than what paparazzi portrays. We hope she succeeds in making substantial progress towards discouraging cyber-bullying.
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