Paris Hilton is asking on President Biden and Congress to take action against the “troubled teen industry.”
Hilton has change into an advocate for teens who’re positioned in congregate-care amenities by both their mother and father or their state’s authorities after beforehand coming ahead with her own story of abuse and trauma as a misbehaving teen in the documentary “This Is Paris.”
In an op-ed for The Washington Post revealed on Tuesday, the former “Simple Life” star made her largest push but by calling on the federal authorities to take action against a system that she stated remains to be operating rampant.
“When I was 16 years old, I was awakened one night by two men with handcuffs. They asked if I wanted to go ‘the easy way or the hard way’ before carrying me from my home as I screamed for help,” she began. “I had no idea why or where I was being taken against my will. I soon learned I was being sent to hell.”
The 40-year-old revealed she was subjected to a “parent-approved kidnapping” and famous that it’s a observe that numerous different teenagers bear in the United States. The former actuality TV-star-turned businesswoman shared that she believes her rich mother and father “fell for the misleading marketing of the ‘troubled teen industry’” whereas they had been trying to find options to her “rebellious behavior.”
Hilton outlined the abuse she personally suffered at 4 completely different amenities she went to as a child.
“I was choked, slapped across the face, spied on while showering and deprived of sleep,” she alleged. “I was called vulgar names and forced to take medication without a diagnosis. At one Utah facility, I was locked in solitary confinement in a room where the walls were covered in scratch marks and blood stains.”
Hilton identified that oldsters and the public are unaware of what goes on between employees and youths at these amenities due to a rigorously crafted messaging that tells them not to imagine the tales of the misbehaving folks inside the facility whereas concurrently hammering residence to the residents that nobody will imagine them if they arrive ahead. As a consequence, she famous that the solely recourse is to have the “troubled teen industry” checked out on a federal degree.
“The last time the federal government looked seriously at problems with congregate care was the 2008 Government Accountability Office report ‘Residential Programs: Selected Cases of Death, Abuse, and Deceptive Marketing,’” Hilton wrote. “Despite its finding that ‘ineffective management and operating practices, in addition to untrained staff, contributed to the death and abuse of youth,’ there are still no federal reporting requirements governing congregate-care facilities in non-Medicaid-funded psychiatric residential treatment facilities.”
Hilton additionally mentioned the demise of 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick, whose passing at a Michigan facility was deemed a murder, to name on the Biden administration to lastly take action on the 2008 report.
“Congress and President Biden need to enact a basic federal ‘bill of rights’ for youths in congregate care. Every child placed in these facilities should have a right to a safe, humane environment, free from threats and practices of solitary confinement and physical or chemical restraint at the whim of staff,” she wrote. “Had such rights existed and been enforced, I and countless other survivors could have been spared the abuse and trauma that have haunted us into adulthood.”
She concluded by calling on Congress to implement funding for a complete reporting system for incidents of institutional abuse, set up a federal best-practices coaching for employees a most of these amenities and oversight to guarantee that primary human rights of youngsters at these locations are taken care of.
“Ensuring that children, including at-risk children, are safe from institutional abuse, neglect and coercion isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue — it’s a basic human rights issue that requires immediate action. Those in power have an obligation to protect the powerless,” Hilton wrote.