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Paris Hilton Recalls Haunting Child Abuse at Treatment Center in House Testimony

Paris Hilton delivered haunting testimony before Congress on Wednesday — detailing the abuse she faced as a child in a youth treatment center — pleading for new legislative solutions to the problematic industry.

Before a House committee meeting on modernizing child welfare programs, the star and heiress spoke about her own experience in residential care facilities after a tumultuous time in her adolescence.

“When I was 16, I was taken from my bed in the middle of the night and transported across state lines to the first of four youth residential treatment centers,” the socialite testified before the House Ways and Means Committee. “These programs promised healing, growth and support, but did not allow me to speak, move freely or even look out the window for two years. »

Hilton, who previously testified about facilities for “troubled teens,” urged representatives to pass the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act, which would provide more oversight to residential treatment centers for youth and protect their patients.

“I was force-fed drugs and sexually abused by staff. I was violently restrained and dragged through the corridors, stripped naked and thrown into solitary confinement,” Hilton recalled. “My parents have been completely misled, lied to, or manipulated by this for-profit industry about the inhumane treatment I receive.”

The model, reality TV star and musician told members of Congress that victims are often marginalized and struggle to come forward, adding that if the treatment was so egregious in expensive private facilities, she could only imagine how serious it was in public establishments.

“It’s really hard to tell anyone in the outside world. Many of these children are not believed because these places tell their parents that they are being lied to and manipulated because they want to go home,” she said.

Hilton, who detailed her shocking abuse to Salon last year, has become an advocate for fighting the “troubled teen” industry, including the establishments in which she spent much of her adolescence. Her time at Provo Canyon School was the subject of her 2020 memoir, “This is Paris.”

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News Source : www.salon.com

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