Paris Hilton has called on Congressional lawmakers and US President Joe Biden to adopt a “Bill of Rights” for children in care homes, in the wake of her own experiences at a center in Utah.
Hilton, who was in Washington DC for the announcement on Wednesday, appeared with Democratic Representative Ro Khanna.
Reps Rosa Delaro and Adam Schiff, as well as Senator Jeff Merkle, were also in attendance, as were survivors of child abuse and child welfare campaigners.
‘I was strangled, slapped in the face, seen in the shower by male employees, called obscene names, forced to take medication without proper diagnosis, not given proper education, scratched’ thrown into solitary confinement in a room covered with traces of In blood, and more.”
“For 20 years I could not sleep at night because memories of physical violence, feelings of loneliness, loss of peers ran through my mind when I closed my eyes. It wasn’t just insomnia; It was trauma,” said Hilton, 40.
Recalling the day she was taken to Provo Canyon School in Utah, a psychiatric youth residential home for teenagers, the TV personality said two people asked her “Do I want to go the easy way or the hard way.” “
“Thinking that I was being kidnapped, I cried out to my parents and when I was being physically kicked out of my house, I saw them crying in the hallway,” she said. “They didn’t come to my rescue that night”.
‘It was my introduction to the troubled teen industry. My parents were promised that tough love would heal me and sending me across the country was the only way. “
In a direct appeal to both sides of the political divide and to President Joe Biden, he said introducing a “Bill of Rights” for children would prevent future abuse in care facilities.
“Ensuring that children are protected from institutional abuse is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It is a basic human rights issue that needs urgent attention.”
She said: “If I had these rights and could exercise them, I would have avoided more than 20 years of trauma and severe PTSD.”
His remarks follow testimony from the Utah legislature earlier this year about his ordeal at Provo Canyon and other facilities, and support a reform bill in Utah for care homes for children.
Mr Khanna said he was unaware of the abuse of children in care facilities until he spoke to the TV personality.
“This is not a messaging bill. This is a bill that we need to pass,” the Democrat said. “We need to pass it bipartisanly in the House and Senate so that America’s children are sent to these facilities. have basic rights so that they can be treated with dignity and respect – and we will pass that.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Paris Hilton