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Paris Hilton held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to establish a bill of rights for children placed in group care facilities.

The 40-year-old hotel heiress and reality TV personality, clad in a black pantsuit, poses as Rep. Roe Khanna, Senator Jeff Merkle, Rep. on Capitol Hill. DeLauro, Rep. Adam Schiff, other institutional abuse survivor and joined by Child Welfare. Urges Congress to continue its important message.

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Hilton declared, “For 20 years I couldn’t 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.”

She recalled her “introduction” to gathering care facilities beginning in her teens, when she was “entered into my bedroom by two older people, asking me if I wanted to go the easy way or the hard way.” Am.”

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Hilton said, “Thinking that I was going to be kidnapped, I screamed for my parents and I saw them crying in the hallway when I was being physically kicked out of my house. They Didn’t come to my rescue.” “My parents were promised that tough love would heal me and sending me across the country was the only way.”

Hilton further explained that he was sent to four facilities over a period of two years. “My experience in each one haunts me to this day. I was strangled, slapped in the face, locked in the shower by male employees, called obscene names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis Gone, not given proper education, thrown in seclusion, imprisoned in a room covered with scrap marks and covered in blood, and much more.”

Hilton said she was forced to stay indoors for 11 straight months without sunlight and fresh air.

“These were considered privileges. Children in Provo were regularly beaten, thrown into walls and even sexually abused [Canyon School in Utah]. I wish I could tell you that what I experienced and saw was unique and even rare, sadly it is not. Every day in America, children are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused in group care settings. Children are also dying at the hands of those responsible for their care.”

'My experience on each one haunts me to this day.  I was strangled, slapped in the face, locked in the shower by male employees who were called obscene names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis... and so much more,' Hilton said. shared.

Hilton also discussed the death of 16 year old Cornelius Frederick, whose passing at the Michigan facility was considered a homicide. He was stopped for more than 12 minutes, dying of suffocation as he threw a sandwich in the cafeteria, she said.

“Federal legislation and funding are desperately needed to bring real reform and true accountability to care in America,” Hilton continued. “Accountability for the Collective Care Act will be formally introduced in both houses of Congress. The bill makes it an urgently needed bill of rights to ensure that every child is provided with a safe and humane environment in group care facilities.” This bill of rights provides for protections that were not provided to me, such as access to education, access to the outdoors, freedom from abusive behavior and even the basic right to speak and move freely. Had I had these rights and been able to exercise them, I would have avoided more than 20 years of trauma and severe PTSD.

“Keeping children safe from institutional abuse is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It is a basic human rights issue that needs immediate attention. On behalf of hundreds of thousands of institutional abuse survivors across America, I am Congress and President Biden. Make it the law of the land and give youth the rights and protections they desperately need and deserve in collective care.”

Before Hilton’s comments, Khanna first took the stage and commended the star for opening her eyes to collecting the abuse of care.

“What is going on in these collective care facilities? Solitary confinement of youth, abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, psychological manipulation, depriving people of basic food, depriving them of decency. This is what happens to our youth in our country. And if that could happen to Paris Hilton and her family, think of all the people who couldn’t be here today: communities of color, gender, and sexually diverse, working class communities locked in these facilities. Told a group lie about them and then get injured for life.”

Paris Hilton wipes her eyes after speaking at a committee hearing at the Utah State Capitol on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Salt Lake City.  Hilton is speaking out about the abuse she says she suffered at a boarding school in Utah in the 1990s and testified before state lawmakers weighing in on new rules for the industry.

Khanna continued, “I didn’t know about it until I spoke to Paris.” “I was clueless about how much abuse is happening. This isn’t a messaging bill. It’s a bill we need to pass. We need it bipartisan in the House and Senate to have basic rights for America’s children.” The manner needs to be passed. Those who are sent to these facilities are treated with dignity and respect – and we will pass that.”

Merkle also took the podium, saying: “It boils down to this: Collective care without oversight becomes mass abuse. This is often what we find when we look into the system.”

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Merkle thanked Hilton for sharing her story and said she would “help improve the lives of so many children.” “It is a tremendous reform and we have to pass it and we will be passed,” he said.

Two young members were also in Washington to share their stories. A 12-year-old girl said she has been in foster care for six years and has suffered injuries such as being tied to the head and concussions.

Paris Hilton, center, leads a protest in Provo, Utah, Friday, October 9, 2020.

“It only hurt more and gave me more reasons to not trust me,” said the young girl.

Another survivor who works at Breaking Code Silence, a survivor-led nonprofit, said she participated in Wednesday’s press conference “not only on behalf of others like me but on behalf of the thousands of individuals who experienced these facilities.” Is.”

“I asked [survivors] What they want Congress, President Biden and the rest of the world to know. This is what he told me to tell you: These experiences of abuse aren’t just reserved for a few bad actors. It is systematic…It affects every state and every community. We need accountability and transparency now. We need a solution… These survivors want you to know that lives are being destroyed right now.”

Hilton has become an advocate for young people who have been placed in group care facilities by their parents or their state’s government after coming forward. her own story of abuse and trauma as an abused teen document, “This is Paris.”

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Paris Hilton talks about her experience in the 2020 documentary 'This is Paris'.

Minutes before the conference was held, Hilton took to her Instagram Story to share footage from the Capitol.

“Good morning DC, ready for a very busy and important day,” she told her millions of followers.

She was joined by her mother, Cathy Hilton, in another Instagram Story.

“Here we are getting ready for our press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. I’ll see you guys there,” Hilton added.

Hilton’s press conference follows an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post on Tuesday, in which the former “Simple Life” star called on the federal government to take action against a system she said would Still on a large scale.

“When I was 16, I was woken up one night by two men in handcuffs. They asked if I wanted to go ‘the easy way or the hard way’ before taking me out of my house screaming for help,” He started. “I didn’t know why or where I was being taken against my will. I soon learned that I was being sent to hell.”

Hilton revealed that she had been subjected to “parent-approved kidnapping” and added that it is a practice that countless other teens in the United States go through. The former reality TV-star-turned-businessman shared that she believes her wealthy parents “fell to the deceptive marketing of the troubled teen industry” when they were searching for solutions to her “rebellious behavior” .

In 2020, Granthshala News spoke with six alumni and an ex-staff at Provo Canyon School in Utah, who shared their stories and confirmed the star’s claims of either suffering or physical and mental abuse, including forced drugs. include beating, solitary, hostage and bullying by employees.

Three of whom attended school at the same time as Hilton said the socialite’s claims are not only valid, they are giving a voice to a silent community of PCS survivors. Thanks to Hilton, many have begun to break their silence. Some have even called the hotel heiress a ‘hero’.

The school repeatedly declined to address the allegations made in Hilton’s documentary, previously telling Granthshala News in a statement, “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous owner in August 2000. That’s why we can’t comment on the operation or the patient. Experience prior to that time.”

When reached by Granthshala News on Wednesday, PCS shared the same statement as well as an additional detail that was posted to their Website. In it, the school states that it “provides a structured environment that teaches life-skills, provides behavioral health therapy, and provides continuing education for young people who learn more about the complex emotional, behavioral, and emotional systems we already have.” Psychologists come with needs.”

“While we acknowledge that for many years there have been individuals who believe they were not helped by the program, we are delighted with the many stories that former residents share about how their stay was a turning point in reform – and In many cases, the savings – theirs remains,” the statement continues.

Lee Goldman, who attended PCS from 2002-2004, told us in 2020, “With Paris coming out on this front, there could be really big changes in the industry. She’s a hero.” health industry.

Another former student called her experience “a living nightmare.” He claims that he was once sedated after falling out of bed while sleeping. She said the school didn’t inform her mother until “hours later”.

This student emotionally charged, “I was hurt and they didn’t do the CT scan.” “He told my mom it wasn’t as serious as it was. I stammer now because it happens under high stress.”

Stephanie Tapley of Texas competed in the PCS along with Hilton. She supported Starr’s claims on Granthshala News last year, alleging that she was constantly mocked by employees.

At the time, Hilton’s fellow PCS alums said they were stunned to see the heiress, who has accumulated 16.4 million followers on Instagram alone, use the hashtag #BreakingCodeSilence. Breaking Code Silence is a movement created to tell other survivors their stories and to raise awareness about institutional child abuse across the country, not just in PCS.