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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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Student in Sustainable Agriculture honoured as leader in agriculture
2008-12-01

 
Mr JB van den Berg from Bothaville was this year firstly honoured as the Free State’s Young Farmer of the Year and recently he was also named the National Young Farmer of the Year. In 2004 Mr Van den Berg received his master’s degree on the application of strategic planning and marketing in sustainable wheat production at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at the University of the Free State (UFS). This year he also registered to continue with his Ph.D. studies in the centre. He is the sole shareholder in the farming company JBT Boerdery. His turnover doubled from 2005 to 2007 and his farm’s profit also increased. Here he is with his wife, Cornél.
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