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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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UFS contributes to book on multilingualism
2008-11-29

 
Prof. Theo du Plessis, Director of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Unit for Language Management, recently attended launch of the book “Multilingualism and Educational Interpreting: Innovation and Delivery”, that will now appear on the shelves, at the North-West University (NWU). He is, together with Prof. Marlene Verhoef, language director of NWU, the co-editor of the book. It is the seventh book in the series, “Studies in Language Policy in South Africa”. “What you have tackled here occurred at a level that is not only unsurpassed in South-Africa, but also in other parts of the world. Also the way in which the NWU approached this type of project is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere,” Prof. Du Plessis said. Amongst others, he referred to the glowing comment received when the manuscript was subjected to international and national peer evaluation. One foreign evaluator was of opinion that he would be surprised if the book is not read widely beyond the borders of South Africa. The others said the content makes a valuable contribution to publications pertaining to interpreting. Prof. Du Plessis is convinced that the NWU undoubtedly is a leader in the field of educational interpreting and expressed the hope that several publications will still follow, since the NWU has an impressive amount of knowledge that can break ground for several other researchers.
Here he is with Prof. Verhoef (left), and Ms Leanne Martini (right), Chief Executive Officer of Van Schaik Uitgewers, at the launch of the book.
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