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.

“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.