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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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Roads and entrance closed due to roadworks
2017-12-04

UFS University Estates has advised those visiting the Bloemfontein Campus to be aware of the fact that some roads will be closed for resealing as part of the 2017 road maintenance project.  Visible signage and flagmen will be placed at strategic places to alert the UFS community. As the UFS, we apologise for any inconvenience caused in this regard. UFS staff, students, and visitors are requested to make use of alternative routes and entrances to the campus on scheduled dates.

Dates of closing of roads and entrances:

Week 27 November–2 December 2017
• Senate Street
• Dekaan Street
• Akademie Avenue
• Chancellor’s Road

Week 4 December–8 December 2017
• Furstenberg Road (gate closed completely)
• Sports Avenue
• Faculty Road
• Graduandi Avenue
• Rector’s Road
• Shimla Avenue

Week 11 December–15 December 2017
• Will follow later when information has been received from the contractor.

 

 

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