Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has been an animal rights activist for decades, but the star never explained why she was so moved by the issue of animal abuse over the years.
But on Friday, during a harrowing speech, Anderson spoke about why she cares so deeply for creatures unable to protect themselves.
As Pamela launched her new animal rights charity, she disclosed a lot of things about her private past — things that she’s never spoken about before.
The star revealed that very early in her life, she was molested. And sadly, the abuse continued for years, even after her original abuser ceased molesting her.
Anderson explained the litany of incidents in a single bit of a speech she made at the event, later posted to her blog in full.
“Despite loving parents- I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter.”
“I went to a friends boyfriend’s house – while she was busy. The boyfriends older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape- my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old… I was 12.”
“My first boyfriend in [ninth grade] decided it would be funny to gang rape me with 6 of his friends.”
“Needless to say I had a hard time trusting humans –I just wanted off this earth.”
Later on Twitter, she posted a link to her full speech, tweeting:
http://t.co/k7XcCfS4wK My speech at launch of my Namesake foundation. I want people to know – they can overcome and prosper with love…
— Pamela Anderson (@PamelaDAnderson) May 18, 2014
Later in the speech, Anderson explains that it wasn’t until she realized how therapeutic animals were to her that she was able to overcome the abuse she’d experience.
“My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them. I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean. My only real friends — till I had children.”
Finally, Anderson said:
“Then I realized humanity is suffering… Our children are born perfect. We were all struggling with right and wrong -and why? Baywatch was a turning point for me. Reluctantly famous (in over 150 countries) I tried to make sense of my place on earth. I started to realize – while being interviewed endlessly about silly things… that I had a voice!”
In addition to Pamela Anderson’s speech, you can learn about her foundation over at her website.