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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 exceeds record at spring graduation ceremony
2006-09-11

The University of the Free State (UFS) will award 1 048 degrees and diplomas to students from the Vista and Main campuses this year during the spring graduation ceremony.  This is 163 more degrees and diplomas than last year.  

Due to the increase in numbers, this year’s spring graduation ceremony will be held over two days.  In the past degrees and diplomas were awarded in one day.

Altogether, 606 degrees, 413 diplomas and 29 doctorates will be awarded.  The diploma ceremony will take place on Wednesday 13 September 2006 at 14:30 and the graduation ceremonies will take place on Thursday 14 September 2006 at 08:30 and 14:30.

On Thursday 14 September 2006 at 08:30, 176 degrees and 9 doctorates will be awarded in the Faculty of Humanities, 48 degrees and 1 doctorate in the Faculty of Health Sciences, 29 degrees and 2 doctorates in the Faculty of Law and 7 degrees in the Faculty of Theology.  

At 14:30 that same day 198 degrees and 1 doctorate will be awarded in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and 148 degrees and 16 doctorates in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Both ceremonies will be presented in the Callie Human Centre on the Main Campus.  

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Cell:  083 645 2454
E-mail:  loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za 
8 September 2006

 

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