Cheryl Burke Molested, Abused: Dancing Truths

January 27, 2011

In the newly released book ‘Dancing Lessons,’ we hear the tough past of the DWTS pro. Cheryl Burke was molested and abused by her neighborhood mailman. She is no longer keeping the secret and hopes that the truth will help others. For more on this story, with photos and videos, keep reading below.

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We have seen her glide across many dance floors and she always seems to have an upbeat attitude. Even so, the dancer has definitely had to overcome her share of troubles. The biggest thing seemed to be realizing what happened to her was wrong.

The man was apparently a family friend who would pick her up from school sometimes, starting at age 5. As she states in her book he would touch her inappropriately and over the years left Cheryl Burke molested & abused. It wasn’t until later, when he was accused by others that she really understood how wrong it was. She said, “I felt guilty for wanting his love and affection.”

She was called to testify and said it “was the hardest thing I’ve ever done… I saw his face and lawyers were asking me these questions and I was like, ‘What am I doing? Did he even do anything wrong?'”

This is the case for some many individuals who have been victim to this type of cruelty. Now the star has come to grips with her past and opens up to all of us in her book. She is now hoping that others can learn from her experience with this, as well as her dancing abilities.

“They’re not secrets. There’s no shame… If I can help just one person, for me that’s all that matters.”

Her abuser was arrested and sentenced to 20+ years, but was recently released. She has moved on, but still would not like to run into him. Her book is due out on February 8th and should be a big hit. What are your thoughts on the past of Cheryl Burke being molested, abused and now opening up about it? Check out these pictures and videos, then leave me your comments below.

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Photos: M. Barraza, Apega, RHS, Nikki Nelson, Josiah True

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3 Responses to “Cheryl Burke Molested, Abused: Dancing Truths”

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    Sandy Says:

    The mailman? How sick!

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    Rachelle Says:

    This is terrible!

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    Joan Says:

    How awful. I hope they keep him far away from kids now.