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Through institutional courage, this can be the beginning of an era of not feeling betrayed by police brutality: not because people lie under the cloak of betrayal blindness, but because institutional betrayal traumas, such as the deaths of black Americans by police, no longer plague our society.
Freyd's research has delved into what she calls betrayal trauma - a theory that says abuse committed by a caregiver can causes the victim to suppress memories of the abuse until later in life.
Freyd, who was recently named editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, directs a lab at the UO investigating the psychology of trauma, with a focus on memory and awareness for trauma, and on the physical and mental health consequences of betrayal trauma.