Paris Hilton’s anti-child abuse bill gains momentum in Congress
“Hi Senator Schumer, it’s Paris Hilton.”
You may not have expected Paris Hilton to be a leading voice for an anti-child abuse bill in Congress, but she is and it’s working.
Paris Hilton: “We have so much momentum and I’m hoping that you can uphold your promise of helping pass this legislation this year. It’s deeply important for me to protect youth in troubled teen facilities.”
Hilton is asking Senate Majority Leader Schumer to pass the Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act before the end of the year. The bill would address what she says is institutional and widespread abuse at troubled teen treatment facilities around the country.
If passed, the legislation would establish a federal work group to help implement best practices for health and safety at troubled teen facilities, and Direct the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to conduct a study on the use of restraints, seclusion and other restrictive interventions at youth residential programs.
The bill has 17 cosponsors – 10 Republicans and seven Democrats.
Sen. John Cornyn: “Well, hopefully, this is not going to be a partisan issue. Hopefully, we can find a vehicle to include this legislation in. I appreciate the fact that she’s using her celebrity to raise awareness to a real problem.”
To build support for the bill, Hilton went to Washington where she told lawmakers she was abused during an 11-month stay at the Provo Canyon School in Utah.
Paris Hilton: “I was strangled, slapped across the face, watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis, not given a proper education.”
Hilton also said she was sedated and put in a cell, which she reenacted.
(on cam) There isn’t much time left to get the bill passed before the end of the year. If it is passed, it’s likely to be attached to a larger bill that Congress needs to pass. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.