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Paris Hilton details horrific abuse in care centers as a teenager at Capitol Hill press conference

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Reality star Paris Hilton told a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the horrific abuse she experienced while living in a health care facility as a teenager.

“I was strangled, beaten in the face, looked at in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medicine without a proper diagnosis, received no proper education, thrown into solitary confinement in a room covered in scratches and smeared in blood. , and much more,” Hilton said.

She was surrounded by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representatives Ro Khanna, Adam Schiff and Rosa DeLauro, who will introduce the “Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021” to both houses of Congress, which would provide federal oversight of the “Troubled Teen” industry.

Paris Hilton told a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the horrific abuse she endured as a teenager when she was sent away to bring healthcare facilities together.

Paris Hilton was joined by four Democratic lawmakers who plan to introduce the Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021 in both houses of Congress

Paris Hilton was joined by four Democratic lawmakers who plan to introduce the Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021 in both houses of Congress

Hilton, who was joined by other survivors and her mother Kathy — with camera crews on hand shooting for her upcoming reality TV show — introduced herself not as “Paris Hilton, but as a survivor.”

“For twenty years I couldn’t sleep at night, with memories of physical violence, the feeling of loneliness, the loss of peers racing through my head,” she said. “This wasn’t just insomnia. It was a trauma.’

She recalled how, at the age of 16, she was yanked out of her bed in the middle of the night by two men who asked her if she wanted to go “the easy way or the hard way.”

“Thinking I was kidnapped, I screamed for my… parents,” she said. “And while I was physically dragged out of my house, I just saw them crying in the hallway.”

“They didn’t come to my rescue that night,” she continued. “This was my introduction to the troubled teen industry.”

Hilton said her family had been cheated on.

“My parents were promised that hard love would help me and that sending me across the country was the only way,” Hilton said.

As a teenager, Hilton was in four facilities over a two-year period.

“And my experience in each of them haunts me to this day,” she said.

“At the Provo Canyon School in Utah, I was given clothes with a number on the label. I wasn’t myself anymore. I was only number 127,” she said. “I had to stay inside for 11 straight months. No sunlight, no fresh air. These were considered privileges.’

“Children were regularly beaten, thrown against walls and even sexually abused on a provo,” she added.

Hilton told the large crowd of reporters that her situation was not unique.

Hilton was able to drop out of Provo Canyon school in 1999 after she turned 18, before embarking on a modeling career.  Here she is pictured in 2000

Hilton was able to drop out of Provo Canyon school in 1999 after she turned 18, before embarking on a modeling career. Here she is pictured in 2000

Hilton was sent to a series of behavior modification schools after a rebellious phase as a teenager while living with her family at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City (Photo: A teenage Paris Hilton moving to a 'behavior modification' school, taken from the documentary ' This is Paris' released in 2020)

Hilton was sent to a series of behavior modification schools after a rebellious phase as a teenager while living with her family at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City (Photo: A teenage Paris Hilton moving to a ‘behavior modification’ school, taken from the documentary ‘ This is Paris’ released in 2020)

“The troubled multi-billion dollar teen industry has been able to deceive parents, school districts, child welfare agencies and juvenile justice systems for decades,” she said.

She pointed to an incident at Lakeside Academy in Michigan in which 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick was held for 12 minutes by seven staff members and later died.

‘Why?’ asked Hilton. ‘Because he threw a sandwich in the cafeteria. And for that he died.’

The Municipal Care Liability Act of 2021 codifies a draft law for young people in municipal reception facilities – which includes both boarding facilities and foster care facilities.

It creates a Justice Department committee to analyze the problem and provide grants to states to implement improvement measures.

Khanna told reporters after Hilton left — without answering questions — that he didn’t expect much resistance to the Capitol Hill bill.

“This law provides protections that I was not given, such as access to education, nature, freedom from abuse, and even the basic right to speak and move freely,” Hilton said.

“Had these rights and been able to exercise them, I would have been saved from more than 20 years of trauma and severe PTSD,” she said.

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