This week, in an interview with the tastefully named Russian network The Underground, former Playboy model Pamela Anderson revealed her latest stint will likely be a campaign advocating on behalf of men who have been accused of sexual assault.
Citing the “molestation and coercion” charges that Wikileaks’ Julian Assange at one point faced, Anderson argued that Sweden has “these very progressive laws against sexual crimes, whatever you want to call it. It’s almost too progressive, it’s almost paralyzing. I’m going to actually start campaigning for men who have been victims of being accused of rape when they haven’t actually done anything.” Yikes — progress!
Her interviewer expressed confusion over why Anderson, who has previously opened up about her experiences with child abuse and even gang rape, would advocate for the other side. In turn, Anderson referred to her record of donating to various women’s charities in the past, and circled her argument back to how Assange “commit no crime.”
“There are also a lot of men who have a vulnerable situation and [are] politically bullied,” Anderson said, and god I hope she isn’t referring to President Donald Trump, with his half a dozen unresolved charges of sexual assault and abuse, but at this point who else could she be referring to?
The one issue with advocating for those accused of sexual assault is that while it’s all well and true that horrible mistakes within the legal system are made at times, and innocent people are convicted, we can’t forget that more often than not, real survivors get the short end of the stick. And all while being bullied, harassed, blamed, shamed, and sometimes, even forced to shoulder PTSD. According to some researchers, just between 15.8 and 35 percent of all sexual assaults are reported to the police, and rates of dishonesty in these cases are notably low.
Discrediting victims may not be her intent, but is certainly an indirect consequence of advocating indiscriminately on behalf of men accused of sexual assault and advancing the already dangerously prevalent narrative that women are liars.
She reportedly took up this new cause after repeatedly visiting Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.