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Cheryl Burke says it has been therapeutic to write and talk openly about being molested as a child.

The Dancing with the Stars pro candidly details the molestations, which began when she was 5, in her new book, Dancing Lessons. (She says her abuser was a retired mailman who used to pick her up from school in her Bay Area community.)

Cheryl Burke: I have "no shame" over being molested as a child

"Being open about my life has actually been very therapeutic," she tells "I can talk about it and I really want to encourage others to also be able to talk about their stories. ... I really feel like I have a lot of stories people can relate to."Check out the interview below to see what else Burke has to say about her story, how the molestations affected her relationships and how Dancing saved her life.