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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 symposium focuses on troubled youths
2010-04-29

The Health and Wellness Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) will present an interesting symposium on coping with troubled youths. The symposium is aimed at people working with youths between the ages of 12 and 18.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, 15 May 2010 from 08:30 to 13:00 in the BOK Auditorium at the UFS. The cost is R80 per person.

Dr Annette Prins of the centre says in the symposium attention will be given to alcohol and drug abuse, the juvenile delinquent and homosexuality. These behavioural patterns amongst youths influence a broad spectrum of issues, also sexual behaviour, that can potentially influence the further spreading of HIV/Aids.

The presenters are social workers Santie Froneman and Riaan du Plessis and psychologist Lindi Nel.

For further enquiries and to book, please contact Annemarie at 0861921921 or annemarie@z2a.co.za  or fax 0866559169.

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