Cheryl Burke has spoken out for the first time about the abuse she suffered as a child.

The 'Dancing With The Stars' champion - who opens up about the traumas she experienced in her new book 'Dancing Lessons' - explained she isn't ashamed of her hidden past, which saw her molested by a family friend as a young girl.

She said: "I'm telling my story. They're not secrets. There's no shame."

The professional dancer - whose parents divorced when she was just a baby - admitted she initially felt "guilty" for wanting the retired milkman's affection, even when she testified against him in court after other children had accused him of the same thing.

Cheryl added to People magazine: "I felt guilty for wanting his love and affection. I saw his face and lawyers were asking me these questions and I was like, 'What am I doing? Did he even do anything wrong?' It was the hardest thing I've ever done.

"If I can help just one person, for me that's all that matters."