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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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    Jun 1 2013: Most of the time its easy to hide the emotion and look happy rather then talking about them. Even if you open up you may not be sure if anybody will understand you. According to me, our language is not that developed to explain human emotion properly. You might be feeling sad and you can not quantify it.

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