Thanks to initiatives #MeToo and TimesUp feels Monica Lewinsky is twenty years after her affair with former president Bill Clinton, not only with her story. The former White House intern wrote a piece for the American magazine Vanity Fair, in which she further explores what the whole situation for her meant.
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“There is in 1998, fundamentally something has changed in our society and the changes now in a post-Coby-Weinstein-Spacey era,” says Monica. Twenty years ago, she did an internship in the White House and had an affair with her boss, Bill Clinton. Although the contact is mutual, there was, according to her, is indeed a question of abuse of power. “He was 27 years older and the most powerful man on earth. I just came to look, it was my first job after my study. So, yes, to what extent can you speak of mutual pleasure? I had so little life experience compared to him. But as soon as I get the word “abuse” was used, I was the scapegoat has become,” writes Lewinsky.
After she publicly disclosed her affair and everyone has an opinion about her, it went worse with Monica. “I was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and I felt very alone.”
“I really owe a lot to the heroines of #MeToo and TimesUp. They speak out against powerful men, who for far too long have been able to continue with sexual assault, sexual abuse and abuse of power. The last months I have often been reminded of a Mexican proverb: They tried to bury it, but didn’t know that we the seeds were. I hope that through TimesUp many of the victims get the help they need to get their story.”