When I was a tween, Pamela Anderson was it. She was the unattainable girl every boy in junior high grew up thinking girls should look like. She was sexy and carefree and the epitome of California cool as she bounced around the beach on Baywatch. Why wouldn't we assume she had the world at her fingertips? And she did.

But she also had lots of skeletons in her closet, and we're only now learning how tortured this poor woman was by what sounds like a nightmarish childhood and adolescence. Pam has revealed that she was continually sexually abused from the time she was 6. The details of what she had to endure might make you think very differently about this beautiful star. 

The 46-year-old has decided now is a good time to let the world know what really went on while she was growing up in Canada. Her hell began between the ages of 6 and 7, when Pam says she was sexually molested by her female babysitter. At age 12, she allowed the 25-year-old brother of a friend's boyfriend to teach her how to play backgammon. He started massaging her back, which she said led to the man raping her.

And how heartbreaking is this: when Pam was in ninth grade and had her first boyfriend, he too betrayed her trust in a major, sickening way. She says that he and six of his friends gang raped her.

I can't even imagine how this woman went on to trust a single soul, let alone a man. She admits she "wanted off this earth," which just breaks your heart to hear. Pam's dad was an alcoholic and her mother worked two waitressing jobs to make ends meet. The actress says she never told them about the abuse she endured because she didn't want to make life more difficult for them.

I've always liked Pam, despite hating the plastic surgery frenzy I feel she helped spark in the '90s. She always seemed sweet and genuine and possibly a little lost. I'm impressed that she is coming out with this news now in order to help other women who were abused and feel ashamed about their experiences.

She has raised two sons and has remained pretty normal, despite what she had to deal with as a young girl. She hopes other women realize sexual abuse is not their fault and that even the most gorgeous and sought-after stars who seem like they have perfect lives can be suffering inside.

Are you surprised to learn that Pamela was raped and molested as a child and teen?

 

Image via Pamela Anderson/Instagram