Posted on Mon May 19, 2014 08:45 AM PDT
Pamela Anderson launched her self-titled foundation dedicated to animal rights and the environment at Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, and the former Baywatch star explained that she suffered years of sexual abuse as a child, which is why she's so passionate about protecting wildlife.
"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," she confessed to the audience.
"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," she added.
"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. 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," she revealed.
We applaud her for being so brave!
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