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Kat Von D reveals she attended same abusive boarding school as Paris Hilton

Kat Von D reveals she attended same abusive boarding school as Paris Hilton

Recently, Kat Von D revealed some shocking news. The beauty guru and tattoo artist shared that she was sent to the same abusive school that Paris Hilton went to. Kat Von D shared that she was ‘kidnapped’ and forced to attend this school when she was just 15. She spent 6 months at the correctional institute. Kat shares that after seeing Paris Hilton’s ‘This Is Paris’ documentary, her old past traumas were triggered and she finally had the courage to share them with the world.

Kat Von D reveals she spent 6 months at the Provo Canyon facility

In an Instagram post, Kat Von D tells the world about the most traumatic experience of her life. She also thanked Paris Hilton for giving her the courage to share this personal story.

“I spent those six traumatic months of my teenage years, only to leave with major PTSD and other traumas due to the unregulated, unethical, and abusive protocols of this ‘school’ — and cannot believe this place is STILL OPERATING.”

In the video, Kat Von D shares that she was just 15 when she was sent to the Provo Canyon Institute. The reason for her family sending her there was because Kat started to dress a little differently than normal kids and that she started listening to punk-rock music. Another major reason for her being sent away was because she started her tattoo career and chose to drop out of high school.  Kat Von D does emphasize that she does not put any blame of her traumatic experience on her parents.

How she was taken to the Provo Canyon school

Just like Paris Hilton, she was also taken away in the middle of the night. For Kat Von D, two men and one sturdy woman came in and instructed her to dress up and go with them. Kat shares that they were threatening to handcuff her if she would not obey their orders.

She was then put on a plane with three complete strangers and then rode in a car while blindfolded. Afterward, Kat Von D suffered through a highly degrading strip search in front of a stranger. Moreover, she was also forced to shave off her head.

At 15, she also gave urine, blood, and stool samples to the Institute’s workers. One of the counselors told her that she now had HIV due to her tattoo work. Kat Von D admits that she believed them because she was just fifteen years old. Though, later on, she realized the HIV diagnosis was simply a lie and something to manipulate her with in order for her to stop tattooing.

How it affected Kat Von D’s life

Kat Von D also explained that she did not suffer the same ‘sexual abuse and physical abuse’ that some of the other survivors of the Provo Canyon school endured. However, she did witness a lot of the kids there being subject to torture such as force-fed medication. The six months she spent in this institute led to her developing PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). And Kat Von D shares that it was also the reason for her using a lot of drugs and indulging in alcoholism. Fortunately, now, Kat Von D is 13 years sober.

In her Instagram post, Kat also encouraged everyone to watch Paris’s documentary and to learn more about the BreakingCodeSilence initiative:

Please take a moment to watch @parishilton ‘s documentary #ThisIsParis and follow @breakingcodesilence to see other survivors testimonials and better understand the horrors of the “Troubled Teen” industry, and the damage it causes to not just the kids, but the families. 🖤 #breakingcodesilence