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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 Rector receives first copy of Christ Embassy Church publication
2009-09-29

 

Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS) recently received a copy of the book Rhapsody of realities. This daily devotional book was handed to him by Gladys Mofokeng. Gladys is a second-year student in Corporate Communications at the UFS and also a member of the Christ Embassy church.

As part of the Reach out SA 2009 Campaign, this church is running an initiative aimed at nation building by reaching and touching the soul of the nation. Two million free copies of this publication will be distributed. Prof. Jansen was the first to receive a copy of Rhapsody of realities on the Main Campus of the UFS. The publication was also distributed to students at the Thakaneng Bridge and the residences on the Main Campus.

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