Paris Hilton Explains Why She Came Forward with Abuse Allegations: "I Want to Shut These Places Down" - Decider
|Decider 16 Sep 2020 at 16:51|
Paris Hilton is opening up about the #BreakingCodeSilence campaign and the alleged abuse she suffered at boarding school in Utah. Last night on , Hilton explained that she hopes to use her platform to shut down these behavior-modification programs and end the abuse of young women. “I want to be a voice for the voiceless,” said the actress and singer.
In her new documentary, This is Paris, Hilton claims that she was abused , forced to take drugs, stripped down, and placed in solitary confinement at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she stayed for 11 months in 1999. Hilton’s allegation has brought newfound attention to the #BreakingCodeSilence movement , a campaign aimed at shutting down the “troubled teen” industry and its boot camp-style programs.
On Tuesday night, WWHL host Andy Cohen read a fan comment praising Hilton for coming forward with her story. “I read your account of your time at Provo Canyon and my heart goes out to you,” wrote the fan. “I knew someone who went to a similar school in the area and has an experience the same as yours. Why tell your story now, and how can people get involved with #BreakingCodeSilence?”
“I just felt if I don’t say anything then no one is,” replied Hilton, explaining that she wants to use her platform to advocate for others. “I want to shut these places down, and people can come forward and tell their story and put #BreakingCodeSilence. We are starting a movement to make change.”
Cohen then asked if the Provo Canyon School has “responded” to Hilton’s allegation. “Yeah, of course they’re saying that they deny it and that there’s new management,” said the star. “But I’ve spoken to people who have just been pulled out of there even like a week ago, and the abuse is still happening. So they’re just trying to cover themselves so that they don’t get sued.”