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Paris Hilton 'honoured' to visit White House to discuss anti-child abuse campaign

By Alan Johnson

Reality star Paris Hilton has spoken of her honour at visiting the White House to discuss her anti-child abuse campaign.

The 41-year old socialite made the two-day trip to Washington DC where she had 'inspiring' meetings with policy staff.

She held a press conference on Wednesday morning calling for the passage of the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act, which would increase reporting and oversight of children's residential institutions and put an end to what she said was a 'tragically overlooked children's human rights crisis.'

"So honoured to be back in DC to continue my advocacy work," she said on her Twitter account.

"I had such an inspiring time meeting with policy staff and walking the halls of the West Wing with advocates.

"I am so glad to see that the most powerful office in the world is dedicated to fighting for the rights of all."

The star revealed in a personal documentary in 2020 that she was sent by her parents to a 'trouble-teen' facility in Utah in order to treat her attention deficit disorder at the age of 16.

She claimed fellow service users were sleep-deprived, overmedicated and forced to undergo random midnight gynaecological exams - whilst male members of staff looked on.

Speaking to USA Today she said: "On my first day, I was forced to remove all my clothes, squat and cough, and submit to a gynaecological exam.

"Although it was an extremely uncomfortable experience, I was led to believe it was legitimate, routine check for contraband.

"But what I couldn't understand as a 16-year-old is why that internal exam would be done to me frequently during my time at Provo, and only in the middle of the night. My parents had been conned into believing my disorder would be cured by 'tough love'."

Fans of the star took to Twitter to offer both praise and gratitude, acknowledging her ongoing work.

One user said: "Advocacy is so powerful, glad there are people like you working tirelessly to make a difference."

Another added: "I am there with you in spirit, Paris - so much respect for fighting for years for justice to protect children. We hope to have our day in court soon - all the very best."

A third wrote: "Thank you for being here. Yesterday was powerful and so many great news in just one day. But it was just the beginning! So ready for today. Can't wait to introduce myself and talk to you."

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