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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 puts new climbing wall into use
2011-05-12

We will officially take our climbing wall into use behind the new Chemistry Building on Monday, 16 May 2011. The wall, to the value of R150 000, has been constructed by WGK Contractors and designed by Goldblatt Yuill architects.

The first group of climbers is already going to tackle this new adventure at the opening.

Date: Monday, 16 May 2011
Time: 08:00
Venue: Behind the Chemistry Building (you can also gain entry through the thoroughfare between the main Building and the North Block)
 
Please reply with Leonie Bolleurs at 051 401 2707 or bolleursl@ufs.ac.za.

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