Paris Hilton returned to Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday for a ceremonial bill that signed a law regulating treatment centers for troubled teens in the state.
Legislation on facilities that treat teens with behavioral and mental health issues finally received legislative approval in early March, about a month after Hilton testified emotionally in support of the bill. Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill last month, but held a ceremonial signature with Hilton on Tuesday.
The new law will require more state oversight of youth treatment centers and documentation of when they use restrictions. It also prohibits treatment centers from using sedation or mechanical restraints without prior permission.
Hilton testified that she was mentally and physically abused at a boarding school in Utah, where she said staff would beat her, force her to take unknown pills, watch her shower and send her to solitary confinement without clothing as punishment.
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The socialist and reality TV star also talked about the abuse in a documentary titled “This is Paris,” which was released this fall.
Since the release of the documentary, other celebrities have talked about their experiences at school or others, including Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson and tattoo artist Kat Von D.
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Several former students and even a former staff member at the school stood in support of Hilton’s accusations in previous interviews with Fox News and eventually called her a “hero.”
She has worked closely with the Breaking Code Silence movement, which is made up of survivors who raise awareness of institutional child abuse around the country. Members of the movement previously told Fox News that Hilton “absolutely” was the reason the issue took its way to the state Senate committee.
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In her February testimony, Hilton said she still suffers from nightmares and insomnia due to her past abuse at Provo Canyon School. The school has previously declined to comment, claiming that because it has been under new ownership since Hilton’s participation, they cannot comment.
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If you or a child you know suffers from abuse, please contact The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILDREN (1-800-422-4453).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.