A reform bill backed by Paris Hilton has passed in Utah, and the hotel heiress is taking a moment to recognize the years of hard work she has put in since she herself suffered trauma and abuse as a child and vowed to someday change things for others. 40-year-old Hilton had traveled to Utah last month and spoke in the Senate Judiciary on behalf of Utah’s Senate Bill 127, which would make illegal many punishments doled out to children in reform centers, such as denying basic human rights, like food and water.
Paris Hilton has openly spoke about the horrors she endured in the 90s as a teen at the Provo Canyon School, a high-end reform school and psychiatry center for troubled teens.
Hilton delivered an emotional testimony last month and is now speaking out after the bill passed due to her efforts.
“I am so proud to share that SB127, the bill I testified on behalf of has passed the Utah legislature which means it will become law!” Paris wrote on Instagram.
Paris Hilton continued, “This bill protects thousands of youth in residential care from cruel punishments, strip-searches, and seclusion, bans the use of chemical restraint and peer restraint, ensures youth have unmonitored communication with their families, prohibits gender-based discrimination, creates suicide prevention policies, and more. So much of the abuse and trauma I experienced at Provo would now be illegal under this new law.”
Hilton, who recently celebrated an engagement, admitted that when she attended Provo Canyon School, “I dreamed of making a difference.”
She added, “The teenage version of me would be so incredibly proud to know I accomplished my goal of protecting youth who are experiencing abuse in the name of treatment. Survivors, this is a BIG step towards systemic change!”