Also in her piece for Vanity Fair, Lewinsky touched upon the tragic story of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers who committed suicide in 2010 after a video of him kissing another man was posted on Twitter. Lewinsky's mother took the story especially hard, which initially confused her. "And then it dawned on me: she was reliving 1998, when she wouldn't let me out of her sight," Lewinsky realized. "She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death. (I have never actually attempted suicide, but I had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.)"
"I would never be so presumptuous as to equate my own story with Tyler Clementi's … But in that moment, when I felt the depths of my mother's anguish, I wished I could have had a chance to have spoken to Tyler about how my love life, my sex life, my most private moments, my most sensitive secrets, had been broadcast around the globe," she continued. "I wished I had been able to say to him that I knew a little of how it might have felt for him to be exposed before the world. And, as hard as it is to imagine surviving it, it is possible."
Lewinsky added that in the wake of Clementi's suicide, her own suffering "took on a different meaning." "Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation," she wrote.