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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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Graduate scoops first prize at SAHF

Mr Simeon Hlungwani was awarded the R10 000,00 Housing Student of 2009 Prize for his Master of Land and Property Development Management (M.PROP.) dissertation at the recent national conference of the South African Housing Foundation (SAHF) in Cape Town. Hlungwani, the Divisional Head of Town Planning in the Mogalakwena Municipality, obtained his M.PROP. degree from the Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management at this year’s autumn graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State. The title of his dissertation is: “The impact of land availability and the environment in housing development: The case of Polokwane”. Dr Maléne Campbell was his study leader. Pictured from the left are: Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela (MEC for Housing: Western Cape), Mr Hlungwani and Mr John Hopkins (CEO: SAHF).
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