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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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Education students attend course in maths and science
2008-11-11

 
Twenty five intermediate and students in the further education and training phase from the School of Education at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently completed a Family Math and Family Science programme, presented by the Centre for Education Development (CED). The students did the programme in order to complete the practical component of their community-service learning module. In order to qualify, each student, in addition to the contact sessions, also had to organise and present one Family Math and one Family Science community workshop. The training was sponsored by Old Mutual. Here are, from the left: Ms Lorraine Botha, Programme Facilitator at CED, Ms Elizna Prinsloo, Project Co-ordinator at CED, Tsehla Tsiboho, student, Maurese Myburgh, Kenyaditswe Maele, Megan Keyzer and Chin-Wen Tsai, all students from the School of Education at the UFS.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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