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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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Two Kovsies receive Stals Prize
2006-08-07

At the recent awards ceremony of the SA Academy for Science and Arts the Stals Prize for multi- and interdisciplinary teamwork was awarded to Proff Louise Cilliers (from the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of English and Classical Languages) and François Retief (former rector of the UFS). They have published more than 40 articles in accredited journals during the past 10 years, a number of which were published in book form last year as "Health and Healing, Disease and Death in the Graeco-Roman World". This was Prof Cilliers's second award from the Academy.  In 1991 she and EL de Kock received the Academy Award for translated work.

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