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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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First annual Orange River Basin Symposium
2008-11-27

 
The first annual Orange River Basin Symposium was recently presented by the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The theme of the symposium was “The Orange River Basin - The Resource”. The Orange River Basin is the focus catchment for work on “Water management in water-scarce areas”, which is one of the six Strategic Clusters at the UFS. At the symposium were, from the left: Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the UFS, Dr Anthony Turton, Natural Resource and Environment Unit Fellow at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and keynote speaker at the symposium, Ms Nolene Morris, Chief Executive Officer of BloemWater, who delivered the opening address, and Prof. Maitland Seaman, Director: Centre for Environmental Management at the UFS and co-ordinator of the symposium.
Photo: Sanet Neethling

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