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Cheryl Burke Explains How Dance Helped Her Out of Cycle of Abuse (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 17th 2011 5:05AM
Appearing on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Cheryl Burke, of 'Dancing With The Stars,' detailed her traumatic childhood, which included being sexually assaulted by her baby-sitter at the age of five. As a result of that experience, Burke suffered from low self-esteem and become involved in a succession of abusive romantic relationships.

Her last high school boyfriend was physically abusive to the point of whipping her with his belt. Yet it wasn't until her professional dancing career began to take off that the California native was able to muster up the courage to leave him.

"My dancing, just being called from New York," was what Burke said finally allowed her to free herself from her abuser. "A great opportunity for me happened, and I left ... and never came back."

Burke told Morgan she is "still healing" from her earlier traumas and has trouble trusting men. But she believes that, with the help of therapy, she is now dealing with her issues.

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Because she was in abusive relationships, Is that why she tries to date the men she is assigned to dance with or her co-stars??

February 17 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cheryl Burke is proof that no matter how great our family or talent, we are still vulnerable to those who would harm us emotionally.

I'm glad that Cheryl has the inner and financial resources to get past her issues.


February 17 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon & Daniel

Wow....I think every woman has experience an abusive relationship.....Men tend to abuse women who have lot of potential....and they use abuse as a way in their mind to keep them in control or not reaching their potential. because of jealousy or just plain insecurities......and yes....it is a healing process....

February 17 2011 at 6:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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