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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 17 2013: Shame and guilt. Feeling like you are not worth anything to whomever is abusing you which leads you to feel almost as if you deserved it. I can't speak for everyone who has been abused, but I know these are my reasons. Now I feel better though, and I do share my story, and I feel that it is nothing I should be ashamed of. If I can confidently speak about my history, others will feel like they can too, or maybe they will open up to me.

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