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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 with Lize Beekman
2008-11-22

It's Kovsie Xtravaganza time! Kovsie Xtravaganza: Xmas Festival with Lize Beekman will be held on Saturday, 22 November at 19:30 in the Sand du Plessis Theatre.

This year promises to set the benchmark with performances by the cream of Kovsie talent. Singers that will be performing include Caroline Haasbroek, Sanli Jooste, Thabo Hlongwane, Chizano Mathediso (Spontaan Winner), Klitsgras and Karpos.

Lize Beekman (website) who is known for songs like Sonneblom uit Bethlehem, Draadkar oor die See and the new title song for the television programme Pasella will be the guest artist. Old-Kovsie Hanno van Heerden, who has made a name for himself on South African stages and also won the 2006 ATKV Songwriters competition, will also make a guest appearance.

Tickets cost R90 and are available from PACOFS.

Contact the Kovsie Culture office at x2819 for more information.

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