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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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Closing date for SRC nominations extended to 10 August 2011
2011-08-10

Statement by the Independent Elections Agency (IEA)

Yesterday (4 August 2011), the Independent Elections Agency (IEA) decided to extend the nomination period for the election of a Student Representative Council (SRC) for the University of the Free State (UFS) to Wednesday, 10 August 2011.

By 3 August 2011, several nominations had been received for the 12 elective portfolios within the week allowed for nominations. The IEA expresses its appreciation for the number of nominations already received and the general student support for the elections.

However, the IEA considers the time allowed in the elections schedule for nominations to take place as too short. In the interest of allowing as many students as possible to avail themselves for the opportunity to participate in the SRC nomination and so allowing reasonably sufficient time for greater numbers of students to participate in the process, the nomination period has been extended to 13:00 on Wednesday, 10 August 2011.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Reception Desk at the Student Life Centre and on the Thakaneng Bridge of the university’s Bloemfontein Campus.
 
 
Media Release
10 August 2011
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: news@ufs.ac.za

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