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Cheryl Burke: 'Testifying Against My Sex Abuser Was Scariest Moment Of My Life'

Mon, April 4, 2011 5:58pm EDT by Add first Comment

At only six-years-old the Dancing With The Stars dancer did what so many grown women cannot. Cheryl stood up to her sexual abuser in court and sent him to jail for 20 years!

Cheryl Burke, the Dancing With The Stars veteran, was a very young girl when she went through one of the most horrific things anyone could ever imagine. At the age of five, an older man who was a friend of the family began picking her up from school. Cheryl felt this man was a father figure in her life and grew to trust and love him. But she quickly realized that this sexual predator was not looking out for her well-being at all.

Cheryl says that she noticed right away when his relationship with her crossed the line. When she was asked to testify against him at the age of 6 she remembers being very confused because of the father-like relationship she once had with this man. Through her confusion and fright Cheryl acted so brave and sent this terrible man to jail for 20 years. Your courage is inspiring, Cheryl and we hope it encourages other victims out there to speak up and put their abusers in jail!

— Sofia Fuller

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