UPDATE: The Utah legislature has passed a bill that will prevent the abuse of children in state’s congregate care facilities, a measure Paris Hilton publicly advocated.
In a statement to E! News, the socialite expressed gratitude to the lawmakers who supported the bill, saying, “After experiencing abuse at Provo Canyon School, it has been incredibly empowering to have advocated for and help pass SB 127 with Senator Mike McKell, a law that increases oversight of the Troubled Teen Industry in Utah and places significant limits on the use of restraint, drugs, and seclusion rooms among other methods.”
“I needed this bill when I was in residential care and I am honored to support the thousands of youth who now have greater protections,” she continued. “This is only the beginning—I plan to approach the federal arena with a bill that will protect youth across the nation in these types of facilities.”
Paris Hilton testified in a Utah court on Monday, Feb. 8 about abuse she allegedly experienced as a teenager while staying at a boarding school in the state.
Her testimony against Provo Canyon School was in support of a Utah bill focused on ending abuse in the state’s congregate care facilities. The bill, S.B. 127, passed unanimously in the Utah Senate.