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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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Papers at Theology conference at the UFS published in academic journal
2009-08-21

 
Theology is also a theme outside of the church. This was once again proven with the recent special edition of an academic journal that specifically focused on this theme. The Journal for Christian Scholarship (JCS) dedicated its first special edition for 2009 to a conference on missionary work and conversion to Christianity. This conference, organised by Prof. Pieter Verster of the Department of Missiology in the Faculty of Theolog, was presented at the University of the Free State (UFS) last year. Papers by international speakers from, amongst others, Brazil, India and the Netherlands were recorded in this edition. The JCS is an accredited academic journal that is distributed both nationally and internationally. Here Prof. Daan Strauss (left) from the Faculty of the Humanities at the UFS and editor of the JCS, presents a copy of this special edition to Prof. Francois Tolmie, Dean of the Faculty of Theology. Mr Hugo Hayes (second from the left) executive officer of the Association for Christian Higher Education, and Prof. Pieter Verster, head of the Department of Missiology at the UFS, also attended the occasion.
Photo: Lyzette Hoffman

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