Pamela Anderson on child abuse, grief and “never giving up”
Pamela Anderson reflects on the trauma of her childhood, as well as its impact later in her life.
Anderson wore her heart on her sleeve during an interview with People magazine for their cover.
There, she began by detailing some of her life story, as well as her ability to overcome the challenges of abuse and even heartbreak.
She even admitted, “I feel like I’ve definitely figured out who I’m not over the course of my life and now I remember who I am.”
“And who was that little girl before anything happened to her,” Pamela also added.
Being a girl loved “bugs and snakes and nature and climbing trees,” while losing trust in the adults around her because she was sexually assaulted at a young age.
“In my case, it was a babysitter who sexualized me early on, forcing me to play weird games,” she explained.
This all happened because “she threatened me not to tell anyone. Or else”.
And “I was trying to protect my brother. I didn’t want that to happen to her and so I would do things so she wouldn’t touch him. And that’s where it all happened. I was very ashamed. I didn’t tell anyone. I did not know what to do.
However, what made matters worse for her was that she met a man 10 years her senior, when she was just 12, and got raped.
That’s when “Part of me just gave up. It was kind of another nail in the coffin.
During her interview, Pamela also weighed in on her struggles with self-esteem and admitted, “I never thought I was pretty.”
“I always thought I was athletic and funny. It sort of addressed my insecurities and probably because of my early sexualization and shame about it all, I didn’t want to feel that way. I didn’t didn’t like having qualities that attracted the wrong kind of attention.”