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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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Two UFS academics receive prestigious Sichel Medal
2011-11-22

 
Prof. Abrie van der Merwe, UFS; Prof. Paul Fatti from the University of the Witwatersrand and Chairperson of the selection committee; and Dr Delson Chikobvu, UFS.

At the recent annual conference of the South African Statistical Association, Prof. Abrie van der Merwe and Dr Delson Chikobvu from the Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of the Free Sate, were awarded the prestigious Sichel Medal for the best paper published by a member of the South African Statistical Association in the year 2010.

“The Herbert Sichel Medal is awarded annually to the member (or members) of the Association who have published the best statistical paper during the previous year in a refereed journal, in fully refereed conference proceedings, or as a refereed chapter in a book.”

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