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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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"Our clients come first"
2008-11-21

 
Staff from the Department of Finance discusses better service delivery to their clients.

According to Mr Chris Liebenberg, Director: Finance at the University of the Free State (UFS), all staff members from this department have committed themselves to client service.

“We want to make a positive contribution to the effective functioning of the UFS by establishing financial systems which are both efficient and user friendly, and which addresses the needs of our clients,” said Mr Liebenberg.

The importance of client service was impressed on staff members of this department at an intensive two-day programme which was facilitated by the Arbinger Institute. The result when clients are seen as barriers rather than persons, was discussed in detail. Staff members undertook to continuously put the needs of their clients first and to provide clients with the necessary guidance and support. Staff also undertook to build on the successes of the past and to make the necessary adjustments so that clients could have a good experience when they contact the department.

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