Dancing with the Stars News Update: Cheryl Burke Reaches Out To Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Dancing with the Stars News Update: Cheryl Burke Reaches Out To Survivors Of Sexual AbuseABC Dancing with the Stars spoilers reveal that pro dancer Cheryl Burke is sharing her experiences with past abusive relationships in an effort to reach out and help those who may be in similar circumstances. According to Burke she endured these relationships in her teens and early twenties.

The Dancing with the Stars pro addressed this topic in a new video on her YouTube account titled, “My Experience with Abusive Relationships,” in which she urged anyone in an abusive situation to seek help from a therapist, loved one, or friend.

Dancing With The Stars’ Cheryl Burke Shares Some Past Sad Experiences

In the video Burke says that she was “addicted” to dating toxic men, and slept with boyfriends in her teen years because she felt like she “had to.”

Burke also spoke about past sexual abuse she endured as a child from a babysitter. She talked about how her lack of discussions with her family members regarding appropriate dating habits may have influenced her patterns later in life.

Burke is now happily married to actor Matthew Lawrence. She explained, “I want to share my experiences with all of you because I hope in turn it can help anyone who may have experienced something similar to know there is hope on the other side.”

Dancing With The Stars’ Cheryl Burke Is Reaching Out To Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

She added, “As an adult, I’ve just put a ton of time into learning more about mental health, forgiveness and healing. That is the reason why I am able to be sitting here today talking to you guys about all of this.” She said that she lost her virginity with her first boyfriend at the age of 13.

“After the sexual abuse I experienced with our driver, babysitter, I used to think these are the types of people I deserve to be with. I didn’t associate sex with intimacy or love, honestly. It was something I did because I felt like I had to in a way just to keep a boyfriend and feel safe and loved. This was clearly horrible,” Burke shared. “I had no self respect or self love for myself. I now see how wrong this whole thing was.”

 

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She then praised her husband for being, “the complete opposite of everything bad about my past relationships.”

“When I look back at this time in my life, I could sit here and say that I wish these things never happened to me, but I look at it now that every part of my story has helped me to become the woman I am today,” she said. “Sure, it would have been better to not go through some of these things but I’m not sure I would be the same person if I hadn’t. Today I am someone who is really confident using her voice and comfortable sticking up for myself.”

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