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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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Rector addresses Humanities Faculty Forum

The Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently held its 2009 Faculty Forum on the Main Campus. The Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, Prof. Jonathan Jansen (pictured), delivered the keynote address in which he lamented the dearth of intellectual debate at the university. His address was focused on ‘the scholarship of teaching’, which he said should be deeply anchored in knowledge and in what it means to be a student. He also said the majority of the 25 NRF-rated scholars that the UFS has advertised for will be placed in the Faculty of the Humanities to make this faculty the strongest in the country. He encouraged the faculty to strive for ‘extraordinary things’. The Forum creates an opportunity for interactive engagement among colleagues in the areas of teaching, learning and research.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe 


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