The name is so famous, I don’t need to try and explain who she is.
What many of you may not know is that Miss Lewinsky made her first public speech this week. 16 years after her life was blown apart.
What an eloquent, elegant, proud, intelligent, strong and beautiful woman.
To view her full speech, which I implore everyone to do, please click here.
I want to take a moment to apologise to her right now.
Although it is no excuse with hindsight, I was 18yrs old in 1998 (I think) and as immature as any 18yr old is. I was one of those people who sniggered at the jokes. I had no comprehension of what she went through. I had only just got a cell phone, and had no idea how to use the internet! Wow… shocking long time ago! In fact, until today when I went on wiki to make sure I had her name right, I didn’t have a clue half the things that came out at the time.
I am sorry that I was one of the billions who victimized you further.
I really had no comprehension until last night exactly what you had gone through. I don’t think many people could. I was bullied at high school, and have been by people I have worked for since, and that was bad enough. Your analogy of one person drowning in 60ft of water and one drowning in 30ft means that both still drown is true. However, I went home and escaped my bullies. Even in the sanctuary of your own home you were bombarded.
I doubt that there are many women alive who haven’t suffered from a crush on their boss. Or, on a married man. That is powerful enough, but when it is the charismatic and attractive President of the United States of America? I cannot imagine. As an adult, who is not without errors in judgment, I want to give the 24yr old Monica such a huge hug. I still want to hug the 41yr old Monica.
I don’t think lying under oat is ever the right thing to do, but I can see why that was a logical move in your mind at the time. I am just saddened that it escalated so badly. No one (well, maybe some) remembers the name of the girl who submitted the original complaint. Everyone remembers you. It’s just not fair.
I hope that you are able to move forward and use your horrific experience to reduce or eradicate cyber bulling with your work as an ambassador for the Tyler Clementi Foundation.
I hope you find love and fulfillment.
I hope you accept this apology.
With love xx