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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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Kovsies through to the final round of national Sanlam competition
2008-11-21

 

At the research day were, from the left: Johan Human, third-year Physiotherapy student, Mr Carel Thomas, Marketing Manager of Sanlam for the Free State, Marissa van Eeden, third-year Physiotherapy student, and Ms Lieschen de Man, lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the UFS. Another two students were involved in the winning project.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs


Of the 28 groups of students from the University of the Free State (UFS) who entered Sanlam's national Creativity for Progress Competition, a multidisciplinary group of students from the Departments of Physiotherapy and Architecture advanced to the final round that will take place in December in Cape Town.

The theme of the competition is “A better life for people in informal settlements”. Sanlam also undertook to sponsor the implementation of the winning project as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives. The winners of the regional round delivered their presentations at the UFS Service Learning Research Day.

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