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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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Student Representative Council announces 2012 Dux Students
2012-08-08

 Dux students. From the left are Tumelo Moreri, Inge Seale and Werner Pretorius.
Photo: Stephen Collet
8 August 2012

Inge Seale, a fifth-year medical student at our university, has been announced as the Student Representative Council of the Bloemfontein Campus’ Dux Student for 2012.

Inge, who excels in a number of fields, has achieved success in academic, leadership, arts and culture, sport and community activities at the university. This includes her role as international co-editor of Impulse, an international undergraduate journal for neurosciences.

Werner Pretorius, a final-year LL.B. student and SRC member: Treasurer was announced as the first runner-up. Tumelo Moreri, a final-year Actuarial Science student and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, was the second runner-up.

The Qwaqwa Campus will announce its Dux students later this year.

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