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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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Researchers to look at greyhound racing
2008-08-28

The Department of Trade and Industry appointed a combined research team consisting of members of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) to investigate the possible legalisation of greyhound racing in South Africa.

The decision to ban Greyhound racing in South Africa was made on the assumption that gambling at the time was immoral. The position on gambling in South Africa was since revisited.

As gambling is legal in South Africa, the question has been raised whether this kind of racing is still illegal. Animal welfare and protection groups are in support of the ban on greyhound racing.

The purpose of this research project is to give an objective overview of the greyhound racing industry nationally as well as internationally. This includes aspects such as animal welfare; social, economical and political issues and the legal framework pertaining to greyhound racing.

The study focuses on the current situation in South Africa and internationally regarding the jurisdictions where the sport is currently active and the current legal framework.

The study will include a comparative study of the situation in best practice countries with a focus on the United States of America, Ireland, England, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Vietnam.

The research team will present workshops later this year to gather input from the public. Anyone who wishes to make a written submission can fax it before/on 30 November 2008 to Prof. Elizabeth Snyman-Van Deventer at 051 401 2698 or e-mail it to snymane.rd@ufs.ac.za .

Media Release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za  
27 August 2008

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