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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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First group of Prestige Scholars on their way to the USA
2012-08-02

Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector (middle), is seen here with (from the left) Dr Cilliers van den Berg (placed at Cornell University); Dr Munene Mwaniki (Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC); Dr Olihile Sebolai (University of Albany, School of Public Health, New York) and Dr Mpho Moagi-Jama (University of California, Los Angeles). 
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs.
2 August 2012

The first group of four scholars in the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme have been placed at universities in the USA. This unique programme identifies and promotes the most promising young academics at the university and guides them towards becoming full professors with superior research accomplishments. This fast-tracking of the next generation of professors involves an intense mentorship programme at the UFS and an international placement with a leading scholar at a top university.

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