Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson (wikimedia commans/ Glenn Francis )Wikimedia/Glenn Francis,

Pamela Anderson shocked the world with a revelation on Saturday, May 17 at the Cannes Film Festival. The former "Baywatch" star shared some horrific incidents from her childhood during the launch of animal welfare foundation. The star took a brave front when she disclosed that she was sexually abused as a child.

"I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories," Huffington Post quoted the actress. "At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this."

Anderson went on to explain that she was first molested at the age of six by a baby sitter. Six years later she was raped at her boyfriend's house.

"I went to a friend's boyfriend's house. And his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape - my first sexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12," she explained.

Throwing light on the shocking events, Anderson further said that she was even gang raped by the friends of her boyfriend. The emotional trauma and betrayal apparently made the 46-year-old harsh towards human relationships and more loyal towards animals.

"My loyalty was to the animal kingdom," she said. "I vowed to protect them and only them."

The event organized by Anderson raised more than $150,000 for the cause. The money earned during the events will reportedly go to Anderson's friend Viviane Westwood's charity Cool Earth. The event also worked as a launchpad for the TV star's charity Pamela Anderson Foundation, which endeavors to support organizations working for human rights, animal rights and environmental protection.

Anderson was dressed in a white low cut maxi for the event and was accompanied by her family.