Cheryl Burke breaks silence about childhood sexual abuse in TLC documentary

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Cheryl Burke Reveals She Was Sexually Abused as a Child

Jill and Jessa Duggar weren't the only ones taking part in TLC's two-hour documentary, Breaking the Silence.

Former Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke also opened up about being sexually abused as a child.

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"I still go through times when I'm down," Burke revealed in the documentary that aired Sunday night. "I don't feel like I'm that strong woman that people think I am today."

Burke said that after her father moved to Thailand, her mother remarried and asked a neighbor in his 60s to look after her. Burke was who was in kindergarten when the abuse began.

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"He would cuddle me, he would make me watch pornographic videos," she recalled. "He was kind of like that fatherly figure -- I think he knew my weakness, that I was very insecure. He knew that no one was ever around."

Burke continued, "He would have me come sit next to him and make him feel comfortable because sometimes he would feel lonely."

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - ANTONIO SABATO JR. & CHERYL BURKE - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the 'Dancing with the Stars' results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Actor, fitness and auto-racing enthusiast and accomplished author, Antonio Sabato Jr. partners with Cheryl Burke. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: TV personality/dancer Cheryl Burke attends the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness' annual 'Summer Spectacular Under The Stars' at a private residence on September 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The new cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/4/14, and include celebrities: (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. They will team up with professional dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Cheryl Burke arrives at the 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends Entertainment Weekly's Pre Emmy Party at the Fig & Olive Melrose Place on August 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The new cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/4/14, and include celebrities: (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. They will team up with professional dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - CHERYL BURKE - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the 'Dancing with the Stars' results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Actor, fitness and auto-racing enthusiast and accomplished author, Antonio Sabato Jr. partners with Cheryl Burke. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Professional dancer Cheryl Burke (L) and actor Antonio Sabato Jr. leave the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Professional dancer Cheryl Burke leaves Planet Hollywood Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The new cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/4/14, and include celebrities: (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. They will team up with professional dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
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The 31-year-old TV star said she struggled with processing what was happening to her.

"I couldn't speak up for myself," she admitted. "It was hard for me to say no. In a weird way it was like I didn't want to hurt him."

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The man was later caught trying to molest one Burke's friends. Burke testified against him at just six years old, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"I'm only human," she said in the documentary, "and sometimes the stuff I've gone through, I think about all the time, and it just brings me back."

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Burke sought out dancing as a coping mechanism. "Dance was my escape from reality," she said. "I was able to start building my confidence and know that I don't need anybody to be happy. I just needed just me. I needed to know that I could do this on my own."

She added, "I'm proof that you can actually move on from this."

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Jill and Jessa Duggar also spoke out against child molestation, following the scandal surrounding their brother, former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar.

"I feel like this should be a discussion that people are having, even regularly," Jessa said. "I think that it shouldn't be a taboo subject, and that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse, and talking about this."

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