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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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Public Administrators and scholars to talk governance at UFS
2012-03-06

Government officials and Public Administration scholars will gather at the University of the Free State (UFS) to discuss the state of governance in Africa. This occurs during the centenary of the African National Congress (ANC). They will attend the 12th annual conference of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) that will take place on the Bloemfontein Campus from 7 to 9 March 2012.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC, will deliver keynote addresses at the conference. The Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality will also speak at the event.
Scholars from across the country and the continent will cover topics ranging from service delivery to community participation as well as relations between the ANC and the Judiciary.
 
The conference is hosted in conjunction with the Centre for Africa Studies at the UFS.
 
See the pdf document with times and venues for the different sessions.

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