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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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Prof. Maryke Labuschagne named as best agriculturist
2008-11-27

 
 Prof. Maryke Labuschagne, head of the Plant Breeding Division in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), was recently named best agriculturist by the Agricultural Writers SA, Old Mutual, Mutual & Federal and Nedbank during a prize-giving ceremony held in Stellenbosch. This year she also received an award and R30 000 prize-money from the Association for Cereal Science and Technology SA (CST-SA) for research and development, as well as a trophy and R100 000 prize-money from the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) for research capacity building over the past ten years. Here she is with Mr Alfonso Visser (left), a crop farmer from Hartswater on the Vaalharts irrigation scheme in the Northern Cape, who was named South Africa's farmer of the year, and Mr Marlon de Jager (right) from Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, who was named national emerging farmer of the year.
Photo: Landbouweekblad
 

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