In the late 1990s Monica Lewinsky was thrown into the public spotlight while working as an intern for former US President Bill Clinton, after their affair led to a political storm which culminated in Clinton being impeached.
Lewinsky says she was publicly shamed and targeted with waves of abuse following the scandal. For a decade she stayed away from the public eye until she finally broke her silence about the period in 2014, and she has since become an anti-bullying campaigner, speaking frankly about the difficulties she experienced.
It is in that capacity that the California native travelled to Stockholm to give a talk on the day of the US Presidential election on Tuesday, before subsequently moving on to Gothenburg, where she was to speak on Wednesday night.
“Today I see myself as someone who, against the odds, survived. Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive too. I hope to take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past,” a quote from Lewinsky on the website promoting the two talks states.
According to Swedish tabloid GT, Lewinsky told the audience in Stockholm how she was subjected to a variety of attacks following the emergence of the Clinton scandal, being called a ‘slut’ and suffering online hate from across the world. She did not touch on the subject of the US election.
Lewinsky has never revealed her preference in the US presidential race, and has not granted interviews during the election period. She rarely gives any interviews at all.
The activist was previously in Scandinavia last year when she gave two anti-bullying talks in Norway, the first of which took place in Horten, and the second in Narvik.