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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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UFS and National Museum sign memorandum of agreement

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the University of the Free State (UFS) and the National Museum.  In the agreement the two institutions give each other access to the education and research facilities of the other in the natural and humanities sciences. Although informal co-operation agreements have existed between the UFS and the National Museum for a while, this is the first time that a formal agreement was signed. 


During the signing of the agreement were from the left: Mr Rick Nuttall (Director of the National Museum), Prof Magda Fourie (Vice-Rector:  Academic Planning at the UFS), Ms Kelebone Mokuena (council member of the National Museum) and Rev Kiepie Jaftha (Chief Director: Community Service at the UFS and member of the National Museum's council). Photo: Lacea Loader

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