Monica Lewinsky is back.

Breaking years of silence, the former White House intern at the center of the scandal that led to President Bill Clinton s impeachment writes in Vanity Fair that her affair was consensual.

Lewinsky, who earned a master s degree in social psychology in London, writes that it s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress a reference to the now-infamous piece of stained clothing she didn t dry clean after an encounter with Clinton.

Here s an excerpt from Lewinsky s Vanity Fair article that will be available Thursday online and on newsstands May 13.

Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any abuse came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.... The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.

Lewinsky writes about the challenges she s had in job interviews and says she s turned down offers that would have pulled in more than $10 million.

The suicide of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman whose intimate encounter with a man was videostreamed in 2010, also upset Lewinsky and caused her to view her own suffering in the spotlight in a different way.

Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation, Lewinsky writes.

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