Pamela Anderson stunned guests at a Cannes Film Festival event yesterday by revealing a childhood of sexual abuse. Speaking at the launch of her new animal rights charity, the former Baywatch star said she had been abused "by my female babysitter" between the ages of 6 and 10 and then raped by a 25-year-old man when she was 12, CNN reports. The rapist was a brother of a friend's boyfriend who "decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape—my first sexual experience," she said. Anderson also recounted how her first boyfriend orchestrated her gang rape, reports the Guardian.
"My first boyfriend, in grade 9, decided it would be funny to gang rape me with six of his friends," she said, according to a transcript of her remarks. "This meant I had a hard time trusting humans. My parents tried to keep me safe, but to me the world was not a safe place. My dad was an alcoholic, my mum worked two jobs, my mum was always crying, dad didn't always come home." She said her love for animals saved her. "It came to me naturally," she said. "The trees spoke to me. My loyalty was with the animal kingdom and I vowed to protect them and only them. I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children." Her new charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, aims to support organizations "on the frontlines of human rights, animal rights, and environmental protection." Click to see pictures from the event.