The advocate for awareness of online bullying spoke in Philadelphia Thursday
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Monica Lewinsky is speaking out about something she knows a lot about – resilience.

Lewinsky, 41, who works as an advocate for awareness of online bullying, spoke in Philadelphia on Thursday to board members of the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center as well as other philanthropists at an event hosted by the Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation.

“Resilience is the grace that steps in when someone’s life has been struck by an earthquake of trauma. It is a survival instinct that can get one through a challenging time, but it is resilience – and the importance of cultivating it – that will allow you to survive the aftermath,” said Lewinsky.

Lewinsky decided to speak out against online bullying after the 2010 bullying-related suicide of college student Tyler Clementi, who was publicly humiliated for kissing another man. She said that in light of Clementi’s death, “my own suffering took on a different meaning.”

Also spurred on by her 40th birthday, she broke her silence last fall about her affair with then-President Bill Clinton and its aftermath. “It’s time to bury the blue dress,” she said.

“Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation,” she said at the time.

Lewinsky also recently contributed to a new book, A Letter to My Mother, which came out in April, in which she thanked her mom, Marcia Straus, for helping her through her toughest times.

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