Pamela Anderson reveals she was gang raped, but saved by surprising love
Former Baywatch star, Pamela Anderson, left us all in complete shock after revealing some of her horrifying childhood memories during the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday. She was promoting the Pamela Anderson Foundation, a non-profit devoted to protecting the environment, animals and human rights. And it was there that she decided to open up about how she was raped from a very young age. And it didn't just happen just once either. ¡Pobrecita!
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Pamela revealed that her love for animals actually was a result of all of the abuse she had endured as a young child. She lost trust in humans and at one point even wanted to die. "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." Ugh!
And it gets worse. Apparently Pamela was even gang-raped at one point. She claims it was by her first boyfriend and a few of his friends. "He decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends. I wanted off this earth. This meant I had a hard time trusting humans," she said. This poor woman. I would have never imagine that she endured this sort of experience. There are some sick people out there in this world!
"My affinity with animals saved me," she added. "It came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn't sure why I was alive. My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom and I vowed to protect them and only them." It's no wonder Pamela has so much love and respect for animals. Who would trust humans after what she experienced?
I have to say, I really admire Pamela's bravery. She's been keeping this away from the public for years (understandably) and it must have taken a load of courage to speak out about this. I can't even imagine the pain and agony she had to have experienced throughout all those brutal years. I'm just glad that her love for animals served as an escape mechanism for her. Despite all that, she didn't allow any of it to destroy. That's amazing in and of itself!
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