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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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Academic to present paper at Cornell on the quality of soil
2009-04-01

Prof. Wijnand Swart, chairperson of the Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) at the University of the Free State (UFS) will visit the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in the United States of America next week. He is part of a delegation from the UFS that will be discussing potential institutional cooperation with the Cornell University. The topic of Prof. Swart's paper is “Soil quality: A South African perspective”. Prof. Swart will review certain unique aspects pertaining to South Africa's soil resources and land-use practices and how they relate to the challenges facing the country in terms of soil degradation, erosion, food production and poverty alleviation. He will also discuss various ways and means by which the South African government, and specifically the UFS, intends meeting these challenges.

Photo: Lacea Loader 
 Prof. Wijnand Swart

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