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Monica Lewinsky Launches Star-Studded #MonthOfAction Against Bullying.

More than 17 years after news first broke about former President Clinton’s liaison with Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern said she has turned that embarrassing chapter in her personal history into a resilient goal.This October, for National Bullying Prevention Month, Bystander Revolution is introducing #MonthOfAction, a campaign inspiring individuals to act by breaking down one of the biggest barriers to change – knowledge about what to do. Lewinsky, during an interview airing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday, detailed the progress she has made in personally working to combat cyber-bullying and recalled how having her name dragged through shaming headlines eventually made her stronger. “Having gone through this horrific life-changing experience, you’re traumatized and humiliated,” she said. “And all of the sudden, you realize you can help other people.” Last July she gave her first television interview since 2003, explaining that, “having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too.” She also wrote a “Vanity Fair” article detailing how she dealt with the 1998 attention and survived the humiliation and delivered a TED Talk about cyberbullying and social media harassment. On September 30th, Bystander Revolution Ambassador and Strategic Advisor, , is launching #MonthOfAction on ABC’s Good Morning America, with People to exclusively follow in print and online October 1st.

The world’s most famous intern is a good choice for this initiative, seeing as she has been the target for magazines and tabloids for decades following her ‘inappropriate relationship’ with the then US president, Bill Clinton. For all 31 days in October, Bystander Revolution will roll out daily challenges via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, email, and text message to raise awareness of powerful actions anyone can do to defuse bullying.

Each of the challenges is designed to inspire people to act and form habits of action which move to shift the culture DASH which is really one of our goals.” The anti bullying activist, who described herself “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously” in her popular TED Talk, was inspired to use humor as her challenge when she remembered how laughter got her through a rough time in 2012. “There had been a false media story about me that had gone viral,” she recalls. Fox, Rashida Jones, Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Cumming, along with organizations such as GLAAD, PACER, The Bully Project, Crisis Text Line, Common Sense Media, and MTV’s Look Different, have teamed up with Bystander Revolution to create their own daily challenges for #MonthOfAction. “People know about bullying but they don’t know how to help,” said MacKenzie Bezos, Founder and Executive Director of Bystander Revolution. “The good news is there are so many simple, practical, immediate things individuals can do any day that can have a huge impact. During the month of October, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc, will be bombarded with messages from the campaign, using the motto “take the power out of bullying”. October’s Month of Action is an opportunity to get the word out.” Participants will sign up for #MonthOfAction on Bystander Revolution’s website.

So my challenge is for people to make a funny video or find one and post it so we are flooding the internet with funny and also to send someone who is going through a hard time.” “It took me a long time to heal and be ready but I’ve finally been able to take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past,” she says. “I want other people to know they can do this, too.” And laughter has turned out to be a powerful antidote. Even just one action is a step in the right direction towards ending bullying and can save a life.” Practice, repetition, and consistency create habits and can drive behavior change.

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