Pamela Anderson's Family Reacts To Rape Revelations
Pam Anderson’s parents are speaking out about those stunning revelations that she was sexually assaulted when she was a child.
Pamela spoke about the assault for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, explaining why she became involved with animal rights organizations.
She said, “I was molested from the age of six to ten by a female babysitter. My first boyfriend in grade nine decided it would be funny to gang rape me with six of his friends. Needless to say, I had a hard time trusting humans and I just wanted off this Earth.”
Her mom, 65-year-old Carol Anderson, said Pamela kept her ordeal a secret, even from her.
"This whole thing is a complete shock. This is a terrible, dramatic thing to have happened to Pamela," she told the Daily Mail, "I am just numb over it all. I sat there with my mouth open. It is terrible to hear this."
She said Pamela’s brother Gerry "cried for hours" after hearing Pamela’s revelations. She said that Pamela sent her an email after the speech saying, "Mom don't take this personally, I love you so much and we get our strength from you."
Pamela's father, Barry, is also speaking out, saying, "She is not afraid of anything. She is facing up to it. It is not her fault."
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have launched an investigation. "An investigator...is in the process of reaching out to Ms. Anderson to discuss this matter with her directly,” a spokesman told INSIDE EDITION.
Pamela says she didn't report the rapes at the time because the family already had enough trouble, saying, “My mom was always crying, my dad didn't always come home, leaving us in tremendous pain and worry. I couldn't break her heart any more than it was breaking, so, I kept these events to myself.”
Pamela was born in the town of Ladysmith, British Columbia, and was raised in a modest home.
Her big break came in 1989 when she posed in Playboy, followed by her role as the "Tool Time" girl in Home Improvement, then, Baywatch.
But she now says that behind that million dollar smile was immense anguish and pain, saying, “Sometimes when you smile it's not because you are happy, it is because you are strong.”