Thursday, January 27, 2011

Criminal Minds and Cheryl Burke

Dear insansapinas,

For those who are not familiar of this TV series, Criminal Minds is an American police procedural drama that premiered September 22, 2005 on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based out of Quantico, Virginia. The BAU is part of the FBI  National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.Criminal Minds differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on the criminal rather than the crime itself. 

source: wikipedia
(disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post by the producer. Nabinyagan na po ako at nakumpilan, at di na kailangan ang sponsor, mwehehe).

I watched the episode last night which was about a young couple who spent their honeymoon on a killing spree after they met in a rehab for alcoholics. The team found out that the man grew up in different foster homes because his parents physically abused him when they were under influence of drugs. The woman was a victim of sexual abuse by her own father. 

Cheryl Burke

The Dancing with the Stars fans know who Cheryl Burke is. She is a Fil-am, two-time champion of the reality show.

Many did not know that she was a victim of abuse when she was young girl.  

Here is the story: 

As any fan of Dancing with the Stars knows, Cheryl Burke exudes confidence when she's waltzing, quick-stepping or doing the tango in front of millions. 
But for the two-time DWTSchamp, life wasn't always so smooth: As a child, Burke was repeatedly molested by a friend of her family's – and testified against him in court, helping send him to prison for nearly two decades. 

"I'm telling my story," says Burke, 26, who opens up about the molestation – and other struggles, including physical abuse by two former boyfriends – in her new book Dancing Lessons, (coauthored by PEOPLE senior writer Monica Rizzo). "They're not secrets. There's no shame." 
Burke's abuser was a retired mailman who was trusted and well liked in Burke's Bay Area community. He would sometimes pick Burke up from school and do odd jobs around her home. The assaults began when she was 5.

What I can not understand was this statement which made me think that she was not aware that she was abused.

"I felt guilty for wanting his love and affection," she says, calling testifying against him "the hardest thing I've ever done ... 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?' "
So what is the bottomline of my article, methinks that not all victims of physical and emotional abuse can turn people into sociopaths or psycopaths as depicted in that episode of Criminal Minds and other law and order series  where lawyers try to extricate murderer even with the smoking gun by invoking the cause of such behavior for a justifiable  homicide. Remember the case of Lana Turner whose 14-year old daughter killed her lover, Johnny Stompanato?  

Hello Baron Geisler.  


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