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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 Dean gets international recognition as specialist in Business Law

Prof. Johan Henning, Extraordinary Professor en Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently received exceptional recognition as a specialist in Business Law. His comprehensive article about “Partnership law review: The joint consultation papers and the limited liability partnership act in historical and comparative perspective”, that was published in The Company Lawyer in 2005, the only jurist article by a current South African lawyer that was included verbatim as a chapter in the highly acclaimed encyclopaedic work by Stephen & Butler’s (eds) International Themes in Business Law (2009) (Sage Publications London) comprising three volumes.

Prof. Henning is also a part-time Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Comparative Company Law at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London and has been specialising in Business Law since 1976. Currently he is also Director of the Centre for Business Law at the UFS and occupied the Old Mutual Chair for Business Law at the UFS for ten years.

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