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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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Kovsies excell in Free State Senior Open Badminton Championships
2009-09-14

Wiaan Viljoen, a student at the University of the Free State (UFS) won this year’s men’s singles at the Free State Senior Open Badminton Championships that took place in Bloemfontein the last weekend.

According to Ms Janine de Kock from KovsieSport at the UFS, Kovsie players Chris Dednam, Wiaan Viljoen and Annari Viljoen played a good game when they participated together with other top Protea players of South Africa and Botswana in the different divisions.

Wiaan beat Roelof Dednam (FS) 21/11 en 21/6 in the finals. In the men’s doubles final Wian again triumphed when he, together with Dorian James (WP), beat the Dednam brothers 17/21, 21/18 and 21/19.

In the women’s doubles final Annari Viljoen and Michelle Edwards (WP) defeated Charne du Preez (NG) and Stacey Doubell 21/12 and 21/10.

In the mixed doubles final Chris Dednam and Anneri Viljoen lost against Dorian James and Michelle Edwards.

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