WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Monica Lewinsky is behind a new anti-bullying campaign.
The former White House intern, who had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, is teaming up with several celebrities – including Michael J. Fox, Rashida Jones and Salma Hayek, among others – to launch #MonthOfAction. Lewinsky is currently a strategic adviser and ambassador for Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization.
“Bystander Revolution’s focus is on the right now,” Lewinsky told People. “Simple, practical actions that each of us can do right away to relieve suffering and shift the culture.”
Bystander Revolution will be posing daily anti-bullying challenges and actions on social media throughout the month of October.
“I am thrilled to be a part of launching Month of Action,” Lewinsky explained to People. “Engaging in the daily challenges will help transform our online world into a safer and more compassionate space for everyone. Even just one action is a step in the right direction towards ending bullying and can save a life.”
Lewinsky opened up about her affair with Clinton in a 2014 Vanity Fair article following the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death after he was secretly filmed kissing another man. Lewinsky said that incident led her mother to relive everything that happened in 1998.
“She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death,” Lewinsky wrote, adding that she did not attempt to take her own life.
Lewinsky continued: “My own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?”