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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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Lighting Roses through to finals in Netball Grand Series
2011-08-03

 

Claudia Basson of the Ligthning Roses and Nonthle Gwavu of the Black Diamonds in action during one of their matches earlier this year.
Photo: Jacques Cato from World of Sport Photography

The Lightning Roses – the Free State’s first netball team, and consisting of Kovsies and former Kovsies – went through to the finals, after they had won 14 of the 14 matches played across South Africa in the Netball Grand Series.

Supporters of this sport can diarise Saturday, 6 August to come and share in netball action as never experienced before.

The final match between the Lightning Roses and the Galaxy Blues (Gauteng North) will start at 12:00. Don’t miss this match. Admission is only R20 per ticket.

Other matches that take place earlier the morning, include the schools finals between Sentraal and Menlo Park (08:30-09:20) and the match between the Starlight Jets and the Black Diamonds.

All the matches will take place in the Callie Human Centre on our Bloemfontein Campus.

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