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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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Afrikaans acquisitioning course presented at the UFS
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The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently presented an Afrikaans acquisitioning course for foreign language speakers on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein for staff and international students. From next year the course will be fully supported with an interactive CD rom course, which is developed in a project under the guidance of Prof. Angelique van Niekerk from the department. The basic and advanced courses are two short courses and are presented every semester. Here are, from the left: Ms Dikgapane Makhetha, Mr Kay Kuloyo, and Ms Ida Meiring, presenter of the course; back: Ms Johanna Kässler, Ms Theresa Beckman, Ms Mamokete Ratsoane, Ms Limpho Seoka, and Ms Juliet Ramohai.
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