"I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis. I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights," she said
In a heartbreaking testimony at a Utah Court, Paris Hilton revealed that she had been abused repeatedly as a teenager while staying at Provo Canyon School. Her testimony against the School was in support of a Utah bill focused on ending abuse in the state's congregate-care facilities, reported Eonline.
"My name is Paris Hilton, I am an institutional abuse survivor and I speak today on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children currently in residential care facilities across the United States. For the past 20 years, I have had a recurring nightmare where I'm kidnapped in the middle of the night by two strangers, strip-searched and locked in a facility. I wish I could tell you that this haunting nightmare was just a dream, but it is not," she said in her testimony. Describing her experiences, she said, "I was verbally, mentally and physically abused on a daily basis. I was cut off from the outside world and stripped of all my human rights."
Paris' parents had sent her to the School as a response to her partying at the time, and she had spent 11 months there. The 39-year-old star has now advocated for the closure of this school where residents have allegedly endured similar abuse. "Without a diagnosis, I was forced to consume medication that made me feel numb and exhausted. I didn't breathe fresh air or see the sunlight for 11 months. There was zero privacy—every time I would use the bathroom or take a shower, it was monitored," Paris said. "At 16 years old, as a child, I felt their piercing eyes staring at my naked body. I was just a kid and felt violated every single day," she further stated, according to Eonline.
Paris has since pushed for more investigation of schools such as the one she attended and claimed that students there continued to experience abuse up until she shared her allegations in her documentary. "Talking about something so personal was and is still terrifying," she said. "I am proof that money doesn't protect against abuse," she further stated. The school had initially issued a statement to People shortly after the release of her documentary stating, "We do not condone or promote any form of abuse, any and all alleged/suspected abuse is reported immediately to our state regulatory authorities, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services, as required. We are committed to providing high-quality care to youth with special, and often complex, emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs."