Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst who lives and works in New York City. She completed her analytic training at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she also teaches. Her published work addresses issues around trauma, gender, and sexuality. (October 2018)
Part of the disconnect in appreciating how and why allegations of sexual harassment and assault arise as and when they do has to do with our culture’s understanding of trauma. We are accustomed to thinking that trauma happens in real time; the harm itself occurs at the time of the scarring event. This is the most widely held understanding of how trauma works, but psychoanalysis offers an alternate conception of trauma: specifically about how a traumatic experience can mean quite different things for the same individual over time.