Paris Hilton said this week that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager at a boarding school in Utah by staff performing cervical exams.
She alleged that staff members “very late at night” took her and other girls from the Provo Canyon school in Utah to a room.
“They wanted to lay us down on a table and put their fingers inside us,” she told The New York Times in a moving video interview. “I don’t know what they were doing, but it definitely wasn’t a doctor, and it was really scary, and it was something that I had really blocked out for many years.”
She said that looking back on it as an adult, she realized it was “definitely sexual abuse”.
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She later said a staff member told her he was taking away her phone privileges when she started talking to her parents about her treatment at school.
“We are going to tell your parents that you are manipulating, that you are lying,” she said. The staff member said he hung up the phone while she was on the phone with her parents.
The 41-year-old socialite recently started speaking out about her time at school, where she was sent at the age of 17 due to her rebellion. She said she had been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.
On Tuesday, she also tweeted about her experience. “At Provo Canyon School, I was woken up in the middle of the night by male staff who ushered me into a private room and performed cervical exams in the middle of the night.”
She continued: “Sleep deprived and heavily medicated, I couldn’t understand what was going on. I was forced to lie on a padded table, spread my legs and undergo cervical exams. J cried as they held me down and said, ‘No!’ They just said, “Shut up. Shut up. Stop struggling or you’ll go to the Obs.
She said it was a recurring experience for herself and the other “survivors” at the school.
“I was raped and crying as I write this because no one, especially a child, should be sexually abused,” she tweeted. “My childhood was stolen from me and it’s killing me, it still happens to other innocent children.”
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She began speaking out about her experiences at school in her 2020 documentary “This is Paris” and continued to advocate for reform.
“It takes all my courage to talk about it, but I couldn’t bear to know that kids as young as 8 are being sent to these ‘troubled teen’ programs by parents who don’t know and government agencies who don’t. don’t know. care,” she wrote in a USA Today op-ed last May.
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The heiress has traveled to Washington, DC, several times in an effort to pass laws for the surveillance of schools.
She told Fox & Friends last year “My parents had no idea, they thought it was a normal boarding school.”
She said she waited so long to start talking about the alleged abuse because she was so traumatized she “didn’t even want to think about it or talk about it out loud”.
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She said she ‘buried it inside for 20 years’ but was ‘proud’ to turn her ‘pain into purpose’ for legislation, after changing school laws in several states .