Paris Hilton has urged Troubled Teen Industry Reform in her latest Op-Ed in The Washington Post. She also had a press conference alongside other survivors from the industry who went through the same difficulties as she did. Hilton recounted the experiences she had while being in recovery in her teenage years.
Hilton revealed that the memories of being strangled, slapped and even being peeped on while she bathed are too much to deal with. She said that the memories were so overpowering that they rushed through every time she’d close her eyes to sleep.
For 20 years I couldn’t sleep at night as memories of physical violence, the feeling of loneliness, the loss of peers rushed through my mind when I shut my eyes. This was not just insomnia. This was trauma. I was strangled, slapped across the face, watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis, thrown into solitary confinement in a room where the walls were covered in scratch marks and smeared in blood. I was forced to stay indoors for 11 months straight — no sunlight, no fresh air.
The 40-year-old is introducing the legislation called Accountability for Congregate Care Act. While holding her press conference in Washington D.C., she was supported by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. The two have co-sponsored the bill as well.
Hilton added that these brutal experiences have left her with severe PTSD, which is not something she wants others to go through. She called for the Biden administration to provide backing to the legislation. Hilton’s aim is the safety of the youth, something that will make the world a better place.
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