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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 serves again on Financial Planning Standards Board
2010-11-08

 Adv. Wessel Oosthuizen

 Adv. Wessel Oosthuizen from the Centre for Financial Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS) has been elected by the panel of directors of the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) on the FPSBs Standards Committee for the second term. This appointment is for two years, effective from 1 January 2011.

Adv. Ooshuizen will be one of six persons who shall see to it that standards already promulgated for Certified Financial Planners are maintained and improved globally. “During the coming year we shall also see to it that already existing standards are still up to date,” said Adv. Oosthuizen.

Adv. Oosthuizen will also advise the committee on the development, implementation and administration of standards for the world-wide financial-planning profession.

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