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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 Xtravaganza is back!
2010-09-30

Kovsie Xtravaganza is back! On 12 October 2010 the students of the University of the Free State will blow off the roof in the Sand du Plessis Theatre with a variety of sounds, colours and great talent! The guest artists for the performance are the well-acclaimed Bala Brothers. Audience members can expect a production filled with wonderful vocals, contemporary songs, dance routines and fashion that will make you jump on your seat and scream!

The Xtravaganza is a show case of the best talent on Kovsie campus. Hip-hop and panzula dancers, graffiti artists, a student string quartet, jazz band, marimba band, various vocal groups and the winners of the campus serenade competition, as well as soloists that the Xtravaganza audiences have become used to in recent years.

Date:               Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Time:               20:00

Venue:            Sand du Plessis Theatre

Cost:               R100, at the PACOFS ticket office

For more information contact Corneil Muller at 082 551 6833.
 

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