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Dealing with the trauma of sexual assault

University life is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times of a person’s life. Unfortunately, for some this is the time they may fall victims to sexual assault.
 
The term sexual assault has shockingly become normalised in society and has become a common threat to university students. The University of the Free State (UFS) through its sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence policy strongly condemns any form of sexual abuse. Dr Melissa Barnaschone, Director at Student Counselling and Development (UFS) says the university cares for the health and wellbeing of students and provides necessary support for victims of sexual assault and trauma.
 
It is unfortunate that sexual assault comes with many misconceptions that often shift responsibility and blame from the perpetrator to the victim. “It is important to always remember that it is not your fault; do not blame yourself,” says Dr Barnaschone. Helpguide.Org: Trusted guide to mental & emotional health says sexual assault leaves psychological wounds and sometimes long-lasting health challenges. Such trauma can severely affect a person’s ability to cope with daily academic, social, professional, and personal responsibilities.
 
Any sexual violence is a crime and as a victim, you are not to blame. Healing is achieved when you start to believe that you are not responsible for what happened to you. Visit Helpguide.Org for more information on post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma recovery tips and other related topics.

On this video clip, Dr Barnaschone shares some guidelines to deal with sexual assault and trauma: 

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Kovsie Advice – UFS committed to supporting students through academic year
2017-05-16

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The Kovsie Advice mag covers topics such as how to best approach your studies, plan and cope with assessments. Photo: Supplied

As part of supporting and promoting student progression and success, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has developed the Kovsie Advice mag, an interactive document designed to help keep you on track while you are on your educational journey at the University of the Free State (UFS).

This mag aims to guide you from planning your academic year through to successful completion. A new edition of the mag will be released every quarter during the academic year.

It will help you focus and provide you with advice on how to best approach your studies, plan, cope with assessments, know the UFS better, manage your finances and ultimately pass.

Get your copy of Kovsie Advice on Blackboard under announcements or click here to download it.

If you have any questions, queries or would like to meet with an Academic adviser, send an email to: advising@ufs.ac.za.

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