Monica Lewinsky – the former White House intern whose affair with former President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment – returned to public life on Monday by joining Twitter and giving her first speech in more than a dozen years, accordingly to EyesOnNews on Monday.
On her verified @MonicaLewinsky Twitter profile, Lewinsky describes herself as a social activist, public speaker, contributor to Vanity Fair magazine and a “knitter of things without sleeves.”
Within hours of joining Twitter, Lewinsky has racked up almost 40,000 followers, but follows not a single person in return.
Her first tweet was “#HereWeGo” and her second tweet said she was “excited (and nervous) to speak” at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
Standing in front of more than a 1,000 young entrepreneurs attending the Forbes’ inaugural Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday, Lewinsky emotionally recalled the 1998 sex scandal with Clinton and announced a campaign to end cyberbullying.
“I was Patient Zero,” stated Lewinsky, indicating that she was among the earliest victims of cyberbullying after she “fell in love” with Clinton, and “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”
“But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded. Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media’.”
Lewinsky spoke in great detail of her shame, depression and suicidal thoughts after news of the sex scandal broke more than a decade and a half ago.
“Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting: ‘oh my God!’ and ‘I can’t believe they put that in’ or ‘that’s so out of context,'” Lewinsky said. “And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: ‘I want to die.'”
Lewinsky said she was motivated to campaign against cyberbullying following the 2010 suicide of an 18-year-old New Jersey freshman who was haunted online after being secretly filmed kissing another man.
“Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too,” Lewinsky continued. “I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”
“I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past,” Lewinsky wrote.
After news of the affair broke, Clinton was impeached in late 1998 by the House of Representatives and subsequently acquitted by the Senate.
His wife Hillary, a former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, thought to run for President in 2016, has previously indicated that she has “moved on” from the sex scandal.
“The only thing you have in life is your good name and reputation in the community,” Remington Longstreth of Coral Springs told Examiner. “More so then in 1998 with Monica Lewinsky, your reputation can be destroyed with a click of the mouse.”