Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out About 1998 Scandal
Everyone remembers the presidential scandal that ripped through the United States during President Bill Clinton’s time in office, featuring Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky has been out of the public eye for over ten years, and came forward last May, finally discussing her two year affair with the former president. She continued to tell her story, at the TED2015 conference in Vancouver on Thursday, stating that she is reminded of her mistake every day and deeply regrets her actions.
She recalls the way that she was viewed by the public, remembering being labeled in an extremely negative light and slut-shamed, then eventually forgotten. Currently, Lewinsky works for victims of online humiliation and harassment. She refers to herself as “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously”, stating that she not only lost her reputation and her dignity, but her identity. She acknowledges that the treatment that she suffered through in 1998 has now been termed cyberbullying, and vows to take a stand against it, citing support and compassion from loved ones as her salvation. Lewinsky has decided that it is time to confront her past, and reclaim her story after hiding for so long.