While at Cannes over the weekend, Pamela Anderson revealed to an audience that she was sexually-abused and raped multiple times over the course of her life.
Anderson was in Cannes to launch her new animal charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, and opened up to the audience about how her sexual abuse made it hard for her to trust people, so she turned to animals. “It’s time to reveal a few of my memories,” Anderson said to the crowd.
“I did not have an easy childhood,” she said. “I was molested from age 6 by a female babysitter. I went to her boyfriend’s house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape — my first heterosexual experience. He was 25-years-old and I was 12.”
Unfortunately, that wasn’t all that Anderson had to reveal of her tragic past. She also suffered a traumatizing experience from her first boyfriend at 15. “He decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends,” Anderson said. “I wanted off this earth. This meant I had a hard time trusting humans.”
Her brutal sexual history is what inspired her to turn to helping animals. “My affinity with animals saved me,” Anderson said. “It came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn’t sure why I was alive, and my loyalty remained with the animal kingdom and 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’s new charity supports “organizations and individuals on the front lines protecting the environment, animal rights and human rights.”