In a stunningly brave speech at Cannes on Saturday, May 17, Pamela Anderson shared a series of horrific incidents of sexual abuse from her childhood.
“I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories," she said. "At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this.”
During the launch of her animal welfare foundation, Anderson explained that she was first molested in her family home at the "age of six by a female babysitter." The next incident occurred six years later.
“I went to a friend's boyfriend's house," she said. "And his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape - my first sexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12.”
Then, in her teens, an ex-bofyriend "decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends," Anderson said, adding "I wanted off this Earth."
The 46-year-old went on to explain that her various trauma made it extremely hard to form a trusting relationship with humans. “My loyalty was to the animal kingdom," she said, "I vowed to protect them and only them.”
If you or someone you know has been abused, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 (800) 656-Hope.