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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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#FaceOfFacebook 2015/2016
2015-04-13

Vote for your favourite before 16 April at 16:00

Kovsies #FaceOfFacebook was born from the need to communicate with students, and thus become a virtual friend. Yearly auditions are held to choose the new face representing the UFS on Facebook. The successful candidate holds the title of #FaceOfFacebook for the next 12 months, attending events, and filming short video clips to post on our Facebook page.

Here are our top six:

  1. Cayley Ann Butcher (http://on.fb.me/1CNKzLj)
  2. Nompumelelo Maseko (http://on.fb.me/1NwWMPD)
  3. Thandiwe Nku (http://on.fb.me/1z9AwiW)
  4. Tshepiso Nkosi (http://on.fb.me/1FNEK4F)
  5. Liteboho Bohloa (DJ Heavy D) (http://on.fb.me/1FBJJ62)
  6. Reabetswe Mokone (http://on.fb.me/1NwW2tP)

The next phase of our #FaceOfFacebook auditions involves you. Go to the UFS Facebook page to view the videos of our Top Six contestants, and like your favourite. Each like will count as a vote.
And, in the words of one of our contestants: "Do the right thing; tell a friend to tell a friend that Kovsies' #FaceOfFacebook is on again."

Deadline for voting is 16 April 2015 at 16:00.

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