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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 cricket fields training grounds for English Cricket Team

Preparing for their tour in South Africa, the England cricket team is using the facilities of the University of the Free State (UFS). “It is an absolute honour to have an international team of this calibre practising on our fields, said Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS. The England cricket team is touring South Africa for a four-match Test series, a One-Day International (ODI) series of five matches, and two Twenty20 Internationals. They played their first tour match on the OUTsurance Oval in Bloemfontein against the Diamond Eagles. At a recent practice session of the England cricket team, were, from the left: Mr Andrew Flower, Coach for the England Cricket Team, Prof. Jansen and Mr James Letuka, Director of KovsieSport. Far right is Emile Hendriks, photographer from Volksblad.
Photo: Hannes Pieterse

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