(Video Update) While promoting her philanthropic animal rights nonprofit at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 17, actress and former “Baywatch” beauty Pamela Anderson made the unexpected and shocking public revelation that she was a victim of child sexual abuse. Anderson, now 46, said that she was sexually abused when she was only six by a female babysitter and raped when she was 12 by one of her brother’s friends. Anderson also opened up to say that she was gang raped by her first boyfriend and six of his friends.
The Daily News reported Anderson as saying that “This meant I had a hard time trusting humans … My affinity with animals saved me.” Her nonprofit organization, The Pamela Anderson Foundation, is dedicated to promoting animal, human and environmental concerns. Anderson began the announcement to her Cannes audience by stating that it was her "time to reveal a few of my memories," followed by “I did not have an easy childhood," and the revelation that she was sexually abused by her female babysitter when she was six.
Pamela Anderson has revealed she wanted to die after being sexually abused from the age of 12.
The former “Baywatch” star opened up at the Cannes Film Festival in France, claiming, "I wanted off this Earth" after she was raped by one of her brother's friend, then gang-raped by her first boyfriend and six others.
When Anderson was twelve, she shared with the audience that she went to her boyfriend’s house where the boyfriend’s old brother “decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape — my first heterosexual experience.” The older brother was 25 according to Anderson.
Then Anderson talked about the gang rape that was instigated by her first boyfriend. “He decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends. I wanted off this Earth."
The New York Post reported that even though the actress said she was raised by loving and caring parents, her traumatic experiences of sexual abuse and rape led to thoughts of suicide. Anderson said that her sexual assaults at the hands of humans led to her mission to help animals.
"My affinity with animals saved me. It came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn't sure why I was alive," said the vegan Anderson. "My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom and I vowed to protect them and only them.
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