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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 6 2013: One of the reasons could be that the victim may feel they were part of the reason it happened. This may more often apply to being sexually abused. Partly because that so often is done by a (loving??) family member.

    I know of one situration where the girl did not really know how bad things were, untill other kids talked about it with leaders at Girl Scouts, and she heard their reactions.

    Sharing is, i think, only done if that would make the situation better for the one doing the sharing.

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