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(USATODAY.com) - Pamela Anderson revealed some devastating information about herself in Cannes on Friday: She was the victim of repeated sexual abuse as a child, starting when she was 6 years old.

Speaking at the launch of her new animal-rights charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, and transcribed to her blog, the longtime animal-rights activist shared some of her "most painful memories" — and offered insight into why her cause is close to her heart:

I did not have an easy childhood–Despite loving parents-I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter-I went to a friends boyfriends 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 yrs old- I was 12-My first boyfriendin grade 9 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.
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