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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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KOVSIE XTRAVAGANZA 2004: Pedro on his way to entertain Kovsies!
2004-09-09

The annual Kovsie Xtravaganza will take place on Tuesday 21 September in the Sand du Plessis Theatre. Once again the best of the Kovsie artists will be show cased in this spectacular of colour, sound and movement. The well known performing artist, Pedro Kruger will act as your host for the evening. 

Some of the Kovsie artists who will be performing, will include: Brilliant Cut, Cantare Student revue group, the UFS Choir, the UFS Choral Choir, KARPOS, Voices Incorporated, Bea vd Vyver, Hanno and Andries (currently ZING finalists), Thabo Hlongwane, Lucy Letsoaka, UFS Gospel Mass Choir and the serenade and talent competition winners. For the first time ever at the Xtravaganza, a live band, Music Incorporated (udo Dieperink Moller), will accompany the soloists. Wayne Flemming will act as the director for the production.

The official residence culture winners will also be announced at this gala event.

Hereby all staff, students and people interested are invited to this centenary spectacular.

Tickets are available from PACOFS (+27 51 447 7772) at R25 per person. For all enquiries, contact Louis Botha (+27 51 401 2819).

 

 

 

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