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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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Dr Choice Makhetha appointed to the board of the National Institute for Higher Education in the Northern Cape
2012-03-28

 

Dr Choice Makhetha
28 March 2012

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has appointed Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice Rector: External Relations, as a board member of the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE) in the Northern Cape. Dr Makhetha will serve a period of four years on the newly appointed board. The board‘s role is to coordinate higher education in the province.

“The appointment is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve the country and represent the University of the Free State at this level,” said Dr Makhetha. The NIHE board will be tasked with the establishment of a new university in the Northern Cape.
Dr Makhetha, who was only recently appointed Vice-Rector: External Relations, said the appointment shows that the Department of Higher Education and Training has confidence that she could perform at this level and deliver on the huge task at hand.

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