Her Too: Monica Lewinsky Pens Powerful Essay On ‘Predator’ Bill Clinton, ‘Creepy’ Ken Starr

The #MeToo movement has emboldened women to come forward with tales of abuse and assault by men in powerful positions. There’s no longer an overwhelming fear of retribution that prevents those stories from being told, and those that share their stories are celebrated for their bravery as opposed to being assailed from all corners.

Unfortunately for Monica Lewinsky, it wasn’t like that for her when she rose to fame after having an affair with then-President Bill Clinton.   

Lewinsky was ridiculed, vilified, and referred to with the most unseemly adjectives that one could imagine. To her credit, she still holds her head up high and refuses to have her life be ruined by her involvement in a tawdry piece of American history.

As the Daily Mail shares, Lewinsky has penned a powerful essay that places her role in the scandal into further perspective while.

Lewinsky also reveals in the column for Vanity Fair that she recently ran into Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor that was digging into Clinton’s various misgivings. As she recalls, this was the same man that had made her own life a ‘living hell,’ so she didn’t let the opportunity to get some things off of her chest pass on by.      

“Ken Starr asked me several times if I was “doing O.K.” A stranger might have surmised from his tone that he had actually worried about me over the years.”

“His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable,” she wrote.

Lewinsky adds that she finally summoned up the strength to tell Starr how she really felt about things.

“Though I wish I had made different choices back then, I wish that you and your office had made different choices, too,” she recalled.

Lewinsky makes it clear that she wasn’t necessarily victimized by the former president, but hindsight has made her realize that his behavior was definitely predatory.

“There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power,” she continues.

“I’m sorry to say I don’t have a definitive answer yet on the meaning of all of the events that led to the 1998 investigation; I am unpacking and reprocessing what happened to me. Over and over and over again.”  

As for the wave of present day allegations against other men in powerful positions, Lewinsky offers up some words of wisdom that she hopes will inspire additional strength.

“For many, the Reckoning has also been a re-triggering. Sadly, what I see with every new allegation, and with every posting of "#MeToo," is another person who may have to cope with the re-emergence of trauma,” Lewinsky writes.

“My hope is that through Time’s Up (or, perhaps, another organization) we can begin to meet the need for the resources that are required for the kind of trauma therapy vital for survival and recovery.”

It’s been nearly 20 years since the various Clinton scandals nearly ended his presidency, and it’s pretty hard to imagine that he would have been able to remain in office if the same thing played out in the present day.  

Source: MailOnline
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