Pamela Anderson has opened up about being sexually abused in her childhood, as she launches her Pamela Anderson Foundation.
The Pamela Anderson foundation aims to boost human rights, save animals and the environment.
The former Playgirl went into the detail about the incidents during the charity’s launch in Cannes.
“I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age 6 to 10 by my female babysitter. I went to a friend’s boyfriend’s house and when she was busy the boyfriend’s older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led in to a back massage, which led in to rape. My first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old, I was 12,” said Anderson, reading nervously from a sheet of paper at Friday evening’s event.
The assaults didn’t end there, she said: “My first boyfriend in grade nine decided it would be funny to gang rape me with six of his friends. Needless to say I had a hard time trusting humans and I just wanted off this earth.”
“My parents tried to keep me safe. But to me the world was not a safe place. My dad an alcoholic, my mom worked two jobs waitressing. My mom was always crying, dad didn’t always come home, leaving us in tremendous pain and worry. I couldn’t bear to give her more disruptive information so I couldn’t break her heart any more than it was breaking,” she added.
She credits animals and nature for giving her hope to live.
“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 remains with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them,” she said. “I prayed to whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children. Then I realized humanity was suffering and our children were born perfect.”
The Pamela Anderson Foundation’s mission is to provide funding for groups and individuals “on the front lines of human rights, animal rights and environmental protection,” according to its mission statement.