A daughter of a ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star has revealed that she was the victim of sexual abuse.
Paris Hilton, the daughter of RHOBH star Kathy Hilton and the niece of both Kyle and Kim Richards, has spoken out about the abuse she suffered while attending Utah’s Provo Canyon School in an interview published by the New York Times on 11 October 2022.
Here’s what you need to know:
In the article, Hilton says school staff would conduct “cervical exams” on students against their consent.
“Very late at night, this would be around 3 or 4 am, they would bring myself and other girls into this room and they would do medical exams,” Paris told the outlet. She said it wasn’t a doctor, but “it was a couple of different staff members who wanted us to lay on the table and stick their fingers in us.”
After the story was published, Paris took to Twitter to share more details.
“Sleep deprivation and heavily medicated, I didn’t understand what was happening,” she tweeted. “I was forced to lie down on a padded table, spread my legs and undergo cervical examinations. I cried as they held me and said, “No!” They just said, ‘Shut up. Be quiet. Stop wrestling or you’ll go to Obs.’”
Paris says she is talking about this for the first time to help the students who she believes are still doing this.
“This was a recurring experience, not just for me, but for others as well #survivors. I was violated and I’m crying as I type this because no one, especially a child, should be sexually abused,” she tweeted. “My childhood was stolen from me and it hurts me that this is still happening to other innocent children.”
The school calls itself a “compassionate behavioral health center” and says it is an “intensive youth psychiatric treatment center” and “will evaluate the individual needs of each of our students and support their success by ensuring they receive an effective set of services based on their individual needs.”
According to the website, the school was founded in 1971 and treats students aged 12 to 18.
“The Provo Canyon School staff consists of highly trained professionals who work together as an interdisciplinary team to provide coordinated care, support and guidance to each patient during treatment,” the site reads.
Some of the things the school says it treats are “depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, schizoaffective disorder, mood disorders, para-suicidal behavior, substance abuse or dependence, conduct disorders, learning variants, and attachment disorders.”
Paris says she “didn’t know what they were doing at the time,” but said it was “really scary, and it’s something that I had really blocked for years” according to the New York Times article.
The outlet also published a video of a security camera that resembles: show someone being attacked at school.
“According to lawsuits, government reports, and the testimony of former patients and employees, children are often abused, mistreated, sedated and placed in solitary confinement. Dozens of children have died,” the outlet said.
In a lengthy statement to Heavy, the school said: “The Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous owner in August 2000. We are therefore unable to comment on the activities or experiences of the students before that time. What we can say is that the school provides a structured environment in which life skills are taught, behavioral therapy and continuing education are provided to young people who come to us with pre-existing and complex emotional, behavioral and psychiatric needs. These youths have not been successful in typical home and school environments and in many cases have a history of dangerous behavior such as self-harm and/or suicide attempt, physical violence and/or aggression towards others, and the use of illegal substances.”
It is not the first time that Paris has spoken out about the school.
In an August 2020 interview with People, she revealed psychological abuse by the school.