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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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The Department of Music: A free lunch hour concert with Brian Hogg
2009-07-31

The Department of Music invites you to a free lunch hour concert with international jazz saxophone star, Brian Hogg on Thursday, 6 August 2009 at 13:00 in the Odeion Amphitheatre.

For the past two weeks Brian has been giving master classes to the students as well as the UFS Big Band at the Department of Music.

Brian is associate professor in Jazz at the North Kentucky University, Carolina. He is an inspiring and dynamic world class Jazz musician who gives between 200 and 300 concerts a year and who has already performed and recorded with several renowned Jazz musicians. Brian will perform with, amongst others, Noël Stockton, the rhythm section of the UFS Big Band as well as with the complete UFS Big Band. It will be an unbelievable experience to see a concert with one of the top international Jazz musicians for free!

Admission is free. Contact Ms Ninette Pretorius or Mr Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg at x2504 or 084 208 6724 for enquiries.
 

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