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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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Kovsie tennis ends second at national championships
2009-08-06

 
PW Holtzhausen, Willem Steenkamp and Reon Henning.
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The University of the Free State’s (UFS) men’s and women’s tennis team represented the Free State at the National Club Championships that was held in Durban this year. According to Ms Janine de Kock from KovsieSport at the UFS, the men’s team came second, a great improvement on last year’s fifth place.

The men’s team, existing of Reon Henning, Willem Steenkamp and P.W. Holtzhausen, and beat Westville of KwaZulu Natal 2-1, lost 1-2 against Marks Park from Central-Gauteng, won the semi-final against Befordview from Gauteng-east and lost again against Marks Park in the final round.

“If one takes into account that some of the top competitors participated in this championship, it is a great achievement for the team, said Ms de Kock.

The women’s team, existing of Elrien de Villiers, Rensia Henning and Jeanne du Plessis did not make it to the semi round.

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