Weeks after alleging she was abused at Utah’s Provo Canyon School as a teenager in her new documentary, Paris Hilton joined ‘hundreds of other survivors’ for a peaceful protest on Friday.
During her virtual appeared on Good Morning America, the 39-year-old reality star opened up to Michael Strahan about organizing a demonstration with the group, Breaking Code Silence, outside the boarding school.
‘Today we are going to be going to Utah with hundreds of other survivors,’ she said. ‘When I was there, I was physically, psychologically and emotionally abused on a daily basis.’
Taking a stand: During Paris Hilton’s virtual appeared on GMA on Friday, the 39-year-old reality star opened up to Michael Strahan about organizing a demonstration with the group, Breaking Code Silence
She continued: ‘I’m using my platform to make a difference, so this doesn’t happen to any other children.’
After the 48-year-old host noted that since Hilton came forward Kat Von D also spoke about undergoing the same ‘tortuous’ treatment there, the hotel heiress says the ‘outpour of love and support’ for her film, This Is Paris, has been ‘incredible.’
‘I feel so proud to have finally told my truth and my story,’ she noted. ‘I feel like I’ve done big things in life, but this is the most important. This is going to be my legacy, and I’m not going to stop.’
Smiling: When asked about her romance with Carter Reum, after years of toxic relationships, she gushed that she is ‘finally able to trust’ and being able to open her heart for ‘the first time’
In her YouTube Originals documentary, viewers got an inside look at her bouts of insomnia and nightmares, which she says have ‘finally’ gone away after going public with her struggles with depression, anxiety and PTSD.
When asked about her romance with Carter Reum, after years of toxic relationships, she gushed that she is ‘finally able to trust’ and being able to open her heart for ‘the first time.’
‘He’s so incredible,’ she said of the 39-year-old entrepreneur. ‘He makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world every single day and supports me so much.’
Speaking up: Also on Friday she revealed she is heading to Utah with ‘hundreds of other survivors’ for a peaceful protest of Provo
Activist: ‘Today we are going to be going to Utah with hundreds of other survivors,’ she said. ‘When I was there, I was physically, psychologically and emotionally abused on a daily basis’
She added: ‘I didn’t realize, I could ever feel this happy. It’s really just a magical feeling.’
In response, Strahan asked, ‘Judging from what you just said and the smile on your face there, are there any big plans for the future?’
‘Definitely,’ Hilton said, while grinning ear-to-ear at the thought of wedding bells. ‘I’m so excited for the next phase in my life and I can’t wait for that day.’
On her social media, Hilton shared snaps of herself holding a large white protest sign, which read: ‘SHUT DOWN PROVO’ with informational graphics.
In the pictures on her Instagram Story, she can be seen wearing all black standing on a tarmac, in front of a private plane.
‘He’s so incredible,’ she said of her boyfriend, Carter Reum. ‘He makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world every single day and supports me so much’ (seen in January)
The mogul explained she and other survivors are protesting to ‘raise awareness and let the children trapped in there know we see them and are working on their behalf to stop this abuse.’
For the first time ever in September, she revealed the abuse she faced as a teenager at boarding school in This Is Paris.
She ended up at a series of boarding schools, following a rebellious phase, while living at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City with her family.
Hilton spent 11 months at Provo Canyon, the last in a series of schools her parents enrolled her, which focused on behavioral and mental development.
Baring all: Paris Hilton recently opened up in her upcoming documentary This Is Paris for the first time ever about the abuse she faced as a teenager at Provo Canyon School, a boarding school she attended in Utah
She recalled to People: ‘I knew it was going to be worse than anywhere else… It was supposed to be a school, but [classes] were not the focus at all.
‘From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture.’
The House of Wax actress continued: ‘The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down.
‘And they were physically abusive, hitting and strangling us. They wanted to instill fear in the kids so we’d be too scared to disobey them.’
‘You couldn’t trust anyone there,’ she said of a classmate who snitched on her for trying to escape.
Hilton said she was subsequently placed in solitary confinement as punishment: ‘They would use that as punishment, sometimes 20 hours a day.’
Three of her former classmates from Provo Canyon also appear in the documentary, making similar allegations, including the use of restraints and being force-fed medication.
Not broken: She added: ‘The staff would say terrible things. They were constantly making me feel bad about myself and bully me. I think it was their goal to break us down’
She added: ‘I was having panic attacks and crying every single day. I was just so miserable. I felt like a prisoner and I hated life.’
Hilton said she never told her parents: ‘I didn’t really get to speak to my family, maybe once every two or three months. We were cut off from the outside world. And when I tried to tell them once, I got in so much trouble I was scared to say it again.
The Stars Are Blind artist left the school in 1999, after she turned 18, recalling: ‘I was so grateful to be out of there, I didn’t even want to bring it up again. It was just something I was ashamed of and I didn’t want to speak of it.’