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Why is it so hard for one to open up about an abusive past?

How to you summon the courage to share? What are the reasons that one may keep such terrible things locked inside? How does one overcome this fear of sharing?

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    May 2 2013: What I feel ,firstly it can be due to societal "stigma" people don't want to open up.
    Secondly , avoidance from reminding self, something unacceptable happened sometime back.

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