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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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Doctoral student from the University of the North visits UFS.

Front fltr:
Dr Irene Kamara, Ms Hilda Mokoboki from the University of the North and Prof Vincent Brandt. Back: Prof Jan van der Westhuizen. Dr Kamara, proff Brandt en Van der Westhuizen are all from the UFS's Department of Chemistry.


A doctoral student from the University of the North, Ms Hilda Mokoboki, has completed a very successful three month visit to the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Chemistry to receive training in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and advanced chromatography.

Organic Chemistry at the UFS has an international reputation in structure elucidation of secondary metabolites with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The Department of Chemistry has started an initiative to make this expertise available to other researchers. At least two publications in Botany will result from Ms Mokoboki's visit.

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25 November 2004

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