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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 School of Management honours achievers

 The School of Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently made two awards during the annual MBA Gala Function that took place on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Ms Jackie Ntshingila received the award for MBA Alumni Achiever of the Year and Mr Johan Eksteen received the award for MBA Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. Earlier this year, Mr Eksteen was named as the prize-winner in the manufacturing category of the Enablis FNB Launchpad Business Plan Competition. The floating cup for Achiever of the Year was sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Interstate Bus Lines sponsored the trophy for the Entrepreneur of the Year. At the function were, from the left, front: Prof. Helena van Zyl, Director of the UFS School of Management and Ms Ntshingila; back: Mr Pieter du Toit, Chairperson of the MBA Alumni, Prof. Tienie Crous, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and Mr Eksteen.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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