Pamela Anderson Reveals Gang Rape, Sexual Abuse

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

Former Baywatch pinup Pamela Anderson made headlines this week at the Cannes Film Festival by revealing that she was repeatedly raped and molested as a child.

Anderson channeled the tragic experiences to share her story of survival and announce the launch of her own foundation.

Speaking aboard a luxury yacht during the festival, the actress disclosed she was “molested from age 6 to 10 by my female babysitter” and then again at the age of 12 by the older brother of her then-boyfriend. Just a few years later, Anderson said her “boyfriend in grade 9 decided it would be funny to gang rape me, with six of his friends. Needless to say, I had a hard time trusting humans. I just wanted off this Earth.”

Although she admitted to her father being an alcoholic and her mother working two jobs, she didn’t blame them for her abuse and said they did their best to keep her safe.

Did You Know?
Pamela Anderson was the Playmate of the Year for Playboy magazine in February of 1990. A few years later, a sex tape of Anderson and then husband Tommy Lee from their honeymoon was stolen and posted online. A second sex tape emerged soon after, reportedly recorded before the first, featuring Anderson and Bret Michaels.

Her infamously provocative clothing and (at times) behavior could possibly be explained now by the sexual abuse she endured as a child. Hypersexual behavior, and sex addiction, can be a reaction to abuse and trauma, particularly in childhood. Those who were abused can also often struggle to make a connection between intimacy and sex.

Although she hasn’t publicly addressed having a substance abuse problem, Anderson has reportedly been sober for several years. Once known for her hard-partying ways, the 46-year-old has kept her clubbing to a minimum these days and even cut photographer Dave LaChapelle out of her life because he didn’t respect her sobriety.

Once known for her hard-partying ways, the 46-year-old has kept her clubbing to a minimum these days and even cut photographer Dave LaChapelle out of her life because he didn’t respect her sobriety.

“It’s not that Pam can’t be around people who are partying, but she doesn’t need them offering her drinks and stuff knowing she’s sober,” said an insider to Radar Online. “Last time she hung out with David he just didn’t respect her sobriety, so he’s out.”

These days, the actress has become a fervent animal rights activist and continues to occasionally appear on various TV and film projects. She has credited husband Rick Salomon with helping her to become more grounded and trusting. They married in 2007 and divorced just 10 weeks later. In January the couple announced they had tied the knot again on an unspecified date. Salomon will reportedly assist with the Pamela Anderson Foundation, which is dedicated to “human, animal and environmental rights.”

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