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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 evaluates children’s bright ideas

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences evaluated the business plans of the participants of the Senwes annual entrepreneurial competition. The winner of the primary school division of the competition is Danie Jacobs (back, second from the left) from Jim Fouché Primary School in Bloemfontein. With his winning project “play traditional”, an initiative to get children to play again, he marketed the ingredients for amongst others tip cat (kennetjie) in a little bag. In the second place (front, left) was a group from Koot Niemann Primary School, east of Bloemfontein: Candice Storm, Megan Reep, Chantelle Julius, Shunelle Vorster en Kornisha van Staden. Back from the left is Mr Pieter Esterhuizen, Chief Manager of Senwes Grainlink, Jacobs, Rudo Peens (third place, Sand du Plessis Primary School) and Dr Johan van Zyl, Head of the Unit for Entrepreneurship at the UFS.
Photo: Landbouweekblad

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