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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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Academics speak at pecan nut information day

Prof. Schalk Louw and Mr Vaughn Swart of the Department of Zoology & Entomology and Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) were special guest speakers during a pecan-nut information day held at the Griekwaland-Wes Korporasie (GWK) in Douglas where they did presentations on diseases and pests that threaten the pecan-nut industry in South Africa. During the proceedings a motivation on the necessity of a statutory levy for research on pecans was submitted to the South African Pecan Producers Association (SAPPA), which will be tabled at the SAPPA annual general meeting later in the year at Cradock. Appearing from the left are: Mr Swart, Prof. Louw, Mr Kobus van der Schyff (SIDI PARANI (Pty) Ltd, a fertilizer company) and Mr Hennie Stander (Regional Manager of GWK, Douglas).
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