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MAKING WAVES PARIS HILTON
Nearly two years after she first said she experienced physical and emotional abuse as a teenager at a Utah boarding school, Hilton is revealing new allegations of sexual abuse as she visits Washington, D.C., to push for federal laws that would protect children and teens in similar situations. Hilton met with lawmakers and fellow survivors in the nation’s capital as they lobby for reform in what is known as the “troubled teen industry”: schools and organizations marketed as boarding schools that experts say lack safety, health regulation and the proper educational and mental health tools to keep students safe. “For too long, our government has allowed this deceptive industry to operate in the shadows without any real transparency or accountability,” Hilton said Wednesday at a news conference.