Paris Hilton Shares Photos of When She Returned from Allegedly Abusive Boarding School as Teen
The star has dedicated the past year to sharing stories of alleged abuse at Provo Canyon School
The entrepreneur, 39, previously opened up about the emotional and psychological toll her stay at Provo Canyon School had on her in a YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris that premiered in September. The school is now under different ownership.
In the pictures she shared on Instagram, Hilton's face has a somber expression as she poses in a hat and T-shirt with NYPD logos and black pants.
"These photos were taken when I was 18 and had recently came home from the horrible experiences I went through at #ProvoCanyonSchool. I can see the pain in my eyes," the entrepreneur wrote.
She continued, "I was so traumatized that I pretended everything was okay, trying to block out the painful memories."
"🥺 Looking at this now, I know that the teen me would be so incredibly proud of the woman I am today," Hilton shared of her choice to open up about the alleged abuse.
She added, "Being brave and using my voice to make a difference and save children from having to endure the abuse myself and so many others have had to go through. #iSeeYouSurvivor#BreakingCodeSilence 🙌."
The DJ has been advocating to shut down the Utah boarding school and other institutions that allegedly abuse minors.
"I buried my truth for so long," Hilton told PEOPLE exclusively in Aug. 2020 of why she came forward 20 years after her stay at the institution. "But I'm proud of the strong woman I've become. People might assume everything in my life came easy to me, but I want to show the world who I truly am."
The socialite was sent to the boarding school by her parents where she remained for 11 months because she was a rebellious partier and other methods, such as taking away her phone and credit card, "didn't work."
Upon arrival, Hilton said, "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," she shared.
"From the moment I woke up until I went to bed, it was all day screaming in my face, yelling at me, continuous torture," Hilton said. "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."
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Many of Hilton's former Provo Canyon School classmates appeared in her YouTube documentary and shared their stories of alleged abuse.
When reached by PEOPLE for comment on the allegations, the school responded: "Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time."
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