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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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No incidents of disruption on the three UFS campuses

State of our campuses #2

Comparative figures still indicate that day-to-day registration compares well with that of 2015.

Activities on all three campuses continued as normal last week, with no incidents of disruption. The registration process on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses is making good progress, with comparative figures still indicating that our day-to-day registration compares well with that of 2015. The registration process on the South Campus will start today.
A successful first-year athletics event took place on the Bloemfontein Campus on Wednesday 20 January 2016 with its normal spirit, colour and flair. Senior students staying in residences on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses will register from 25 to 29 January 2016, and the Qwaqwa Campus will welcome its first-years on Tuesday 26 January 2016.
In a letter to staff, distributed on Friday 15 January 2016, Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, provided a clear position about what the university is doing for students who are academically capable, but lack the funds to study. He also provided standpoints on protests on our campuses.

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