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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 academic completes SANPAD course
2010-09-09

Mrs Tania Rauch-Van der Merwe of the University of the Free State completed the 2009-2010 South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Research Capacity Initiative (RCI) on 3 September 2010. The programme entailed six modules over a seven-week period that was distributed over the course of one year. The RCI programme aims to prepare prospective Ph.D. students to successfully plan and perform their studies with the knowledge and exposure to a wide landscape of research methodologies within their respective fields and to complete the study within a reasonable time frame. Prof. Dennis Francis, Dean of the Faculty of Education, will supervise Mrs Rauch-Van der Merwe in her Ph.D. study pertaining to education for social justice and Prof. Theresa Lorenzo will be the co-supervisor. Pictured from the left, are: Prof. Francis (Dean: Faculty of Education), Mrs Rauch-Van der Merwe (Lecturer: Department of Occupational Therapy) and Prof. Lorenzo (Division Head: Disability Studies and Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town).
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