Latest News Archive

Please select Category, Year, and then Month to display items
2017 2018 2019 2020
Previous Archive
14 June 2018 Photo iStock
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: 

News Archive

Alumni get together on Bloemfontein Campus

At the Kovsie Alumni Trust’s Prestige Evening were, from the left: Mr Gerhard van Rhyn, Deputy Director: Marketing at the UFS; Anton Botha, Chairperson of the Kovsie Alumni Trust; Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director of Senwes; Prof. Hendri Kroukamp, Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences; and Justice Ian van der Merwe, Chairperson of the UFS Council.
Photo: Dries Myburgh
22 August 2012


Kovsie alumni from around the country came together for the Kovsie Alumni Trust’s Prestige Evening at the Bloemfontein Campus recently. At the event donors were thanked for their contributions to the university. Mr Francois Strydom, Managing Director of Senwes and also a former Kovsie, was the guest speaker. Strydom shared strategic processes at his company with guests and also talked about his relationship with the university. He praised the university for what’s happening at the institution and committed to broaden cooperation with his alma mater to the advantage of the community.

We use cookies to make interactions with our websites and services easy and meaningful. To better understand how they are used, read more about the UFS cookie policy. By continuing to use this site you are giving us your consent to do this.