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Cheryl Burke Reveals That She Was A Victim Of Sexual Abuse

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What a poor thing. Nobody should have to go through something this awful and scarring, let alone at such a young age.

Dancing With The Stars castmember Cheryl Burke recently revealed that during her childhood, she was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a retired mailman who would help out with repairs around her house, and sometimes even pick her up from school.

The man was later sent to prison for 20 years after he attempted to assault her stepsister, and Burke was forced to testify against him in court - and at the age of six!

She explains:

"It was lots of touching. He would pull my pants down in his van or he would touch me in the living room while [her caregiver] Ima was in the kitchen cooking. That was the scariest moment of my life. I felt disgusted with myself for the longest time. I knew what he did was wrong, but I wanted this older man's affection. It creeps me out. My worst nightmare is to run into him. Not until he dies will I be able not to worry."

It makes us sick to think of what horrible things people are capable of doing, and to children!

And it's normal to feel responsible or even confused about your feelings were toward him, but we're glad that you realize now that what that man gave you was NOT affection. He took advantage of and violated a little girl, and we are so proud of you for being able to come above all of the trauma that you endured and be as successful as you are!

So brave of you to speak out about this - we're sure it's still very difficult.

Hopefully your courage will inspire other victims to speak out against their abusers, or at least seek out the help they need to come to terms with what has happened to them.

Stay strong.

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14 comments to “Cheryl Burke Reveals That She Was A Victim Of Sexual Abuse”



  1. 1

    This was an article for People -



  2. 2

    I hate that she had to endure this.



  3. 3

    I don't think he was really "molesting" her. I'm pretty sure he just thought he was petting the family's ugly dog.



  4. 4

    "It makes us sick to think of what horrible things people are capable of doing, and to children!"

    But you have no problem blatantly salivating over Bieber??

    Perez for NAMBLA President!



  5. 5

    She should get together with Alec Baldwin's daughter. Alec's daughter is not stranger to verbal abuse. Alec Baldwin called his little daughter a "rude, thoughtless, little pig"?

    Go check it out.



  6. 6

    so brave of cheryl. child molestation runs rampant but so few go publicly as it's a social stigma, ironically, even for the victims. i applaud cheryl and sympathize with her trauma and on going fears.



  7. 7

    Re: Kimberbunny – Your either f u c k ed in the head or a pedophile yourself….



  8. 8

    :(

    thats disgusting.



  9. 9

    thank you, Cheryl.



  10. 10

    Cheryl is one of my favorites on DWTS & I have to feel for her. This must have been very difficult, as it would be for anyone. Glad the man went to jail.

  11. Laura says – reply to this


    11

    im sorry this happened to her



  12. 12

    so sad



  13. 13

    The Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation is a newly formed nonprofit with a mission to help heal and support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse worldwide. We are actively seeking adult survivors who would be willing to post a childhood photo and caption, their story, or their creative expressions to our website www.letgoletpeacecomein.org. By uniting survivors from across the globe we can help provide a stronger and more powerful voice to those survivors who have not yet found the courage to speak out. Together we can; together we should; together we NEED to stand up and be counted. Please visit our site for more details on how you can send us your submissions.



  14. 14

    wut happened to yer nose sweety ?