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Trauma, Betrayal & Courage:
Moving from Silence
to Strength

Join me as I talk with Dr. Jennifer Freyd, PhD, to understand how betrayal from childhood trauma “show ups” in our adulthood, and ways we can overcome those effects.

  • How Abusers Silence Victims and How That Affects Us In Adulthood.

  • The Courage To Confront: The Good, The Bad, & "The How?"

  • Women In The Workplace: Overcoming The “Silent and Hidden Barriers” from Childhood Trauma.

The Relationship Health Assessment* referenced in the podcast can be seen at the link above.  Dr. Freyd's book, Blind To Betrayal, includes more on the relationship health assessment and how to gain insights that will help your relationships. Note, for your intimate relationship partner, friend, or other loved one, use the Peer assessment.

*Source: The Relational Health Indices: A Study of Women's Relationships, Belle Liang et al, First Published March 1, 2002. The Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26 (2002), 25–35. Blackwell Publishing. American Psychological Association. 

Watch Dr. Jennifer Freyd Talk on Betrayal & Abuse:

From Harvey Weinstein to Insights with Dr. Angela Duckworth

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From The Washington Post: This is the story of how Hollywood's unique power structure enabled sexual harassment to remain the entertainment industry's greatest open secret for decades. Dr. Jennifer Freyd shares insights on institutional betrayal and betrayal trauma.

With Dr. Angela Duckworth: From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, workplaces everywhere are dealing with the ugly effects of sexual harassment. In this presentation from the 2018 Wharton People Analytics Conference, Dr. Jennifer Freyd, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, and co-author of Blind to Betrayal, discusses how to approach this sensitive topic from a scientific perspective. She is then joined for a conversation with Dr. Angela Duckworth, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Books By Dr. Jennifer Freyd, PhD

One of the world's top experts on betrayal looks at why we often can't see it right in front of our faces

If the cover-up is worse than the crime, blindness to betrayal can be worse than the betrayal itself...


This book lays bare the logic of forgotten abuse. Freyd's book will give embattled professionals, beleaguered abuse survivors, and the confused public a new, clear understanding of the lifelong effects and treatment of child abuse...

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In the midst of the controversies over how repressed, false, and recovered memories should be interpreted, Trauma and Cognitive Science presents reliable original research instead of rhetoric...


About Dr. Jennifer Freyd


Dr. Jennifer Freyd PhD, is the founder of The Center for Institutional Courage, and Professor Emerit of Psychology, at the University of Oregon. She’s also Affiliated Faculty at the Women's Leadership Lab at Stanford University.  Dr. Freyd is world-renowned for her work on Betrayal trauma, Institutional Betrayal and Courage, and for her framework (DARVO) that identifies strategies used by abusers to manipulate their victims. That framework is so widely-known that actress, political activist, and sexual assault survivor, Ashley Judd, referenced it when discussing the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations in an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2017. Dr. Freyd has also been interviewed extensively by media in relation to the Harvey Weinstein case, and is sought internationally to talk about ways individuals can overcome childhood trauma, and how institutions play a role through betrayal and courage. Dr. Freyd’s books and speaking appearances have reached millions of people around the world.

Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar known for her theories of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, institutional courage, and DARVO. She researches these topics in the context of institutional behavior, sexual violence, discrimination on the basis of gender, minority status, and sexual orientation, and also disclosures of abuse. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. The author or coauthor of over 200 articles and op-eds, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her most recent book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published by John Wiley, with seven additional translations. In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the U.S. White House due to her research on sexual assault and institutional betrayal.

Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an Erskine Fellow at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In April 2016, Freyd was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation.  Freyd was selected for the 2021 Christine Blasey Ford Woman of Courage Award by the Association for Women in Psychology.

To visit Dr. Freyd's web site and follow her work, visit

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse podcast is a general educational and information resource and is not intended to provide expert advice for specific circumstances or individual situations.

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24/7 National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 or online at

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