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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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OCSA sports day brings students together
2012-08-29

Winning off-campus soccer team KPA receive a R2 000 cheque from Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Students.
Photo: Amanda Tongha
29 August 2012

 The Off Campus Student Association (OCSA) recently held its first sports day with off-campus and residence students participating in a soccer tournament. The tournament was won by the off-campus team KPA, who was rewarded with an R2 000 cheque from Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Students.

Bonolo Thebe, SRC member Sport, says the sports day brought students together and the organisation plans to host it annually. Sporting codes like netball, hockey and basketball will be added to the planned annual event.
 

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