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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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UFS receives FSIA award for Taxi Terminal
2009-08-31

 
The Taxi Terminal on the UFS Main Campus.
 
The University of the Free State (UFS) was recently honoured with the FSIA Award for Architecture 2009 of the Free State Institute of Architects. The UFS received this award for the taxi terminal that was constructed on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Typology Architects is the architect of this project. The UFS was one of thirteen entries that participated in the 2009 VIA Merit Awards Programme. Mr Nico Janse van Rensburg from the UFS says that this award is a milestone for the university, because it is a good example of an excellent design that is functional for the users’ needs at a very cost-effective budget.
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