(credit: Vanity Fair)
I was obsessed with the story. I couldn't stop watching coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal on television. Here was a girl my age who was caught having an affair with the President of the United States. Wow.
Like many Americans, I believed President Clinton when he made that famous "I did not have sexual relations..." speech. Imagine my disappointment when we all learned it was TRUE. Monica was publicly humiliated and shunned. How dare she get involved with a married man? Well...here we are almost two decades later...and she's finally talking about it. Her article will appear in Vanity Fair...and I can't wait to get my hands on the copy when it comes out next week.
Monica maintains that her affair was one between two consenting adults, but she acknowledges that it permanently altered the direction of her life. In fact, the only “abuse” she suffered was in the aftermath. She said, “I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.” She also had a hard time finding work because of her “history.”
So what made Lewinsky speak out 16 years after the fact? She said that watching the suicide of Tyler Clementi – the Rutgers freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly webcast him kissing another man – she decided to share her story to help others who are suffering through their deepest moments of humiliation.
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