BRAVE KAREN DANCZUK TALKS ABOUT BEING RAPED BY HER BROTHER AS A CHILD AND ENCOURAGES OTHER SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO SPEAK OUT
After deciding to waive her right to anonymity, Karen bravely chose to appear on the show and talk about her experience of childhood sexual abuse by her older brother Michael Burke.
He has been convicted of a string of sex attacks against Karen and other women,
abusing his sister when she was aged between nine and 11.
'I knew it was wrong because it didn't feel right,' Karen said crying. 'I couldn't ask someone – it's not like I could tell someone at school – so I thought this was what everyone went through.'
'[I felt] numb. Normal kids would be upset if they couldn't play with a toy or something, but for me, this was life.'
When asked what she's say to her younger self, Karen said: 'I look at young Karen as a third person now, as a result of my therapy. But I'd tell her, "We did it." I wish I could give her a hug, to be honest.'
Karen says, 'People need to be told to talk and address this. People need to come out. There are probably many people watching who know what I'm talking about.' Karen is supporting our Never Too Late To Tell campaign, aimed at helping victims of abuse speak out.
If you want to speak to someone about childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence there are helplines HERE. #NeverTooLateToTell