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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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Kovsie Alumni honours persons for outstanding achievements
2010-09-09

 Kovsie Alumni of the University of the Free State (UFS) recently awarded its annual prestige awards at a breakfast function in Bloemfontein. The Springbok rugby player Heinrich Brüssow was named as the 2009 Kovsie Alumnus of the Year. Ms Jackie Ntshingila, Provincial Manager of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award, and Prof. Teuns Verschoor, acting Senior Vice-Rector of the UFS, and Prof. Benito Khotseng received the Executive Management Award. Prof Khotseng, formerly a UFS Council Member and Senior Manager: Strategic Programmes, has played a major role to bring communities on the UFS Campus closer to one another. Here are, from the left: Mr Naudé de Klerk, Chairperson of Kovsie Alumni, Brüssow, Judge Ian van der Merwe, Chairperson of the UFS Council, Ntshingila, Verschoor and Khotseng.
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