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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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Faculty of Law celebrates 100 years with young legal practitioners
2009-03-17

 
The Kovsie Law Alumni recently presented a centenary breakfast for young legal practitioners from the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS). The faculty celebrates hundred years of legal education this year. Judge Corné van Zyl was the guest of honour at this occasion. “Grab every opportunity with courage and believe in your own potential,” was her advice to the group of young alumni. At the occasion, with the biggest number of young legal practitioners who recently completed their studies in the history of the faculty were, from the left, front: Judge Van Zyl, Prof. Johan Henning, Dean of the Faculty of Law; back: Mr Charles Moller, clerk at Horn and Van Rensburg Attorneys, Adv Corrie Ploos van Amstel, Chairperson of the Kovsie Law Alumni, Mr Lawrence Manye, pupil at the Bar, and Mr Jan-Harm Steenkamp, clark at A.P. Pretorius and Partners.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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