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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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Geology under spotlight as part of UFS's Darwin lecture series

Two staff members of the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Geology recently presented lectures in the UFS's Charles Darwin lecture series entitled "The story of life and survival" on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Prof. Marian Tredoux presented a lecture on "The origin of our solar system" and Mr Johan Loock spoke about "The geological evolution of our planet: The first billion years". Here are, from the left: Danita Hohne, Honnours student in Geology at the UFS, Mr Loock, Prof. Tredoux, Pierre Louw, student in Environmental Health at the Central University of Technology, and Ms Janine Kottke-Levin, Ph.D. student in Geology from Germany.
Photo: Stephen Collett 

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