Jeff Labrecque
January 26, 2011 AT 07:08 PM EST

Dancing With the Stars‘ Cheryl Burke has revealed that she was sexually molested as a child. People reports that in her upcoming book, Dancing Lessons, Burke details the agonizing experience of being abused by a trusted neighborhood retiree when she was only five years old. Burke later testified against the man and he was sent to prison for nearly two decades. “[Testifying] was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she tells the magazine.

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