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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 receives computers of R2 million from the Dell foundation
2007-02-12

The Dell Foundation donated 200 computers to the value of R2 million to the Main and Qwaqwa Campuses of the University of the Free State (UFS). This is the first time the UFS receives a donation from Dell. The computers will be given to the student computer laboratories on the Qwaqwa Campus and the School of Nursing and the Unit for Students for Disabilities on the Main Campus. 


Attending the handing-over ceremony were, from the left: Ms Ronelle Ceronio (Head: Unit for Students with Disabilities at the UFS), Mr Teboho Manchu (Deputy Director: Student Affairs, Qwaqwa Campus), Mr Ted Coote (Consultant to the Dell Foundation) and Mrs Margot Coote (Consultant to the Dell Foundation).

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