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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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Students walk away with Dell laptops, courtesy of Eduloan
2009-10-05

 
Owning a laptop is one of the key necessities for any student offering the flexibility and opportunity to work on and submit assignments, complete projects and conduct research timeously and from the comfort of their own home. Four lucky winners will now experience this convenience, thanks to Eduloan and their recently concluded Win-a-Laptop promotion. Students were afforded the opportunity to qualify for the draw if they submitted their loan applications between 13 July and 28 August 2009. The promotion was enhanced by experiential activations on campus and supplemented by weekly spot prize draws. The lucky winner from the University of the Free State was Mr Phillip Diba. He requested a loan for his son Andile Diba, studying Agricultural Management at the UFS. The remaining three lucky winners, drawn on 4 September 2009, are Ms Winnie Ntombomzi Jozi, Mr Gideon Ideon and Mr Thabiso James Nqola. Pictured are the Diba family receiving the laptop from Dr Mariette de Chavonnes Vrugt (Eduloan Operational and Sales Manager in the Free State and North West).
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