Monica Lewinsky outside her lawyer’s office in July 1998. (Shawn Thew/The Washington Post)

(This post has been updated; a previous version contained a series of embedded tweets with vulgar language that should not have been published.)

This morning, as part of her new campaign against cyberbullying — a dangerous, largely unchecked issue that impacts thousands of Internet- users and is responsible for a number of very tragic deaths — Monica Lewinsky did perhaps the bravest thing a young woman involved in a sex scandal at age 22 could do.

She joined Twitter, ground zero for Internet misogyny.

https://twitter.com/MonicaLewinsky/status/524184076450684928

“Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too,” she said in a speech at the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 summit. “I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”

Since voicing that intention — which is a good one, by most measures — these are some of the responses she’s received.


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So, to recap: Woman joins Twitter to start admirable anti-cyberbullying campaign. Woman tweets literally two times. Trolls come out by the dozens, many of them hurling distinctly gendered, slur-dripping abuse.

Good job, Internet: You’ve done yourself proud today.


Speaking at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky discusses how she went viral before social media existed, and why it was so damaging to her reputation. (Forbes Under 30 Summit)