Pamela Anderson made a shocking revelation on Friday at the launch of The Pamela Anderson Foundation — an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of animals — she has been the victim of sexual abuse.
Around 200 guests were gathered for Anderson’s foundation launch at the Cannes Film Festival to hear about the Baywatch actress‘ cause, but they were left heartbroken by the news of her abusive past.
“I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories,” Anderson revealed to the crowd, according to the Daily Mail. “At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this.”
“I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter,” she said.
However, her distressing first experience was not an isolated event. The 46-year-old star revealed she was raped by a much older man six years later.
“I went to a friend’s boyfriend’s house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape,” she said. “He was 25 years old and I was 12.”
The abuse continued when one of Anderson’s boyfriends then decided “it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends.”
The actress went on to explain it was her abusive past that led her to want to protect and support the rights of animals.
“My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn’t sure why I was alive — a burning question, a quest. My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom.”
Anderson’s distrust for humans led animals to become her only companions, a reason this cause is so close to her heart.
“I vowed to protect them and only them. I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children,” Anderson confessed.