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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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Five universities gather together for National Serenades
2012-08-29

Date: Saturday 1 September 2012

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (winners will be announced at 23:00)

Place:

  • Centenary Complex - 1st Performance
  • Callie Human Centre - 2nd Performance
  • Kovsie Church – 3rd Performance
    - Winners will be announced in the Callie Human Centre

This year, five universities will once again showcase their song and entertainment talent on the stage.

The serenade competition is an annual event between the University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, North-West University, University of Johannesburg and the University of the Free State since 1997.

Each university has a men’s and ladies’ group taking part and each group consists of 10 to 20 members.

Participants only have 17 minutes to show what they are made of.

The serenade competition is the most popular cultural activity on each campus and more than 100 residences compete for a place in the final rounds.

The media are invited to attend the event.

Please confirm attendance with Amanda Tongha at tonghaa@ufs.ac.za

  • The final concerts will be streamed live via our website on Saturday 1 September 2012 from 18:30.
    Please click on the following link for the broadcast: www.ufs.ac.za/ufslivestreaming  
     
  • Twitter hashtag:  #UFSNationals
     

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