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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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Kleinsêr winners ready for national competition

Marjolein residence ladies in action.
10 Augustus 2012

Women’s residence Marjolein and men’s residence Veritas will fly the flag high for the university at the national Sêr competition that will be held on the Bloemfontein Campus on 1 September 2012. The two residences were named the winners of the annual Kleinsêr competition.

Marjolein and Veritas will come up against the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and North West.

Tickets are available in Room 37 at the Thakaneng Bridge from Monday 13 August 2012, 09:00 - 15:00. For telephone bookings contact 051 401 9098.

For more info contact Cornelia Faasen at  or 051 401 2819.


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