Paris Hilton, 41 made shocking revelations about her teenage days at Utah’s Provo Canyon School. In a New York Times op-ed, the “Paris” artist claimed that she was sexually abused as a teenager in her boarding school, stating that the school staff forcefully performed “cervical exams” on her and other female students.
A Controversial Boarding School…
I opened up in a @NYTimes video about something I’ve never discussed before. At Provo Canyon School, I was woken up in the middle of the night by male staff who ushered me into a private room and performed cervical exams on me in the middle of the night. https://t.co/mWxF8Pvmaw
— ParisHilton (@ParisHilton) October 11, 2022
Utah’s Provo Canyon School, a controversial school that claims to help troubled teens, came under fire after the 2000s icon Paris Hilton made shocking claims about undergoing emotional and physical abuse during her time at the boarding school.
On Tuesday (Oct. 10), Hilton made startling revelations in a New York Times op-ed on mental health awareness, claiming that the school staff forcefully performed “cervical exams” on her and other female students. At that time, she was 16 and was forced by her parents to attend the Provo Canyon School.
At one instance, Hilton narrated: “Very late at night, this would be around like three or four in the morning, they would take me and other girls into this room and they would perform medical exams. She added that those who performed these nonconsensual “medical exams” were not even doctors, but random staff members who would make the teens lie on the table and put their fingers inside their private parts.
At one point in the video, her voice quavered as she narrated that she wasn’t even aware of what these people were doing to her, but she was sure that they weren’t doctors. “And it was really scary, and it’s something that I really had blocked out for many years,” she added. However, looking back on those moments as an adult, Paris feels that it definitely amounted to sexual abuse.
Advocating For A Change…
Providing viewers with every bit of detail from those horrific days, she expanded her allegations by revealing that she along with other teens was sleep-deprived and highly medicated, and didn’t really understand what was happening.
“I was forced to lie on a padded table, spread my legs & submit to cervical exams. I cried while they held me down & said, ‘No!’ They just said, ‘Shut up. Be quiet. Stop struggling or you’ll go to Obs,” she pointed out. Paris was sent to this school due to her rebellious nature and remained there for 11 months before coming back home.
This is not the first time that Paris Hilton has come forward to speak about this controversial boarding school. For years, she has spoken about the horrific instances and advocated for reforms at such facilities. In her 2020 documentary, “This Is Paris”, she provided a closer picture of her traumatic experience at Utah’s Provo Canyon School.
In the said documentary, she narrated how “classes were never a focus” of this so-called elite school. It was continuous torture being there, and she even underwent panic attacks, crying every single day. “I was just so miserable. I felt like a prisoner and I hated life,” she mentioned back in time.
However, it took her more than a decade to really speak up about what happened back then. But again, she hasn’t stopped advocating for a change. This year, she teamed up with Unsilenced.org and Breaking Code Silence to force federal action against such facilities.
Not only this but Hilton is credited for her work with lawmakers to pass the 2021 “Troubled Teen Industry Law”. This resulted in government intervention in Utah’s residential treatment centre. If we keep aside her legal controversies, the 41-year-old social media personality continues to advocate for a change in this regard.