NEW YORK – Monica Lewinsky says the affair that generated impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton “was not sexual assault” but “constituted a gross abuse of power.”
Lewinsky writes inside the March issue of “Vanity Fair” that they is “in awe with the sheer courage” of girls who have been confronting “entrenched beliefs and institutions.”
The former White House intern says she was recently relocated to tears any time a leader with the #MeToo movement shared with her, “I’m so sorry you are so alone.”
Lewinsky says she’s been told you have post-traumatic stress from being “publicly outed and ostracized,” and lauds the “#MeToo” movement for providing “the safety which will come from solidarity.”
“There a variety of more people whose voices and stories have to be heard before mine. (There are also a number of people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a placed in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself has not been sexual assault, although we now understand that it constituted a gross abuse of power,)” Lewinsky wrote.
Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting on it in 1998; the Democrat was acquitted through the Senate.
Clinton’s representative did not immediately answer a get comment on Tuesday.
“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications in the power differentials that have been so vast from a president in addition to a White House intern,” Lewinsky said.
“I’m starting out entertain the idea that in this particular circumstance thinking about consent might well be rendered moot. (Although power imbalances – as well as the capability abuse them – can be found even though the sex may be consensual,)” she wrote.
“But it’s … very, very complicated. The dictionary specification of “consent”? ‘To give permission for something that occurs.’ Yet what did the ‘something’ mean in such a case, due to the power dynamics, his position, and how old ive become? Was the “something” basically crossing a distinct sexual (and later emotional) intimacy? (An intimacy I want to – with a 22-year-old’s limited comprehension of the outcomes.)
“He was my boss. He was the strongest man on the globe. He was 27 years my senior, with plenty life experience to know better. He was, at the time, in the pinnacle of his career, when i is in my first job outside of college,” she said.
Lewinsky added that “none of the above excuses me for my responsibility for the purpose happened. I meet Regret everyday.)”
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