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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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Prof. Magda Fourie leaves the UFS
2007-08-01

Prof. Magda Fourie, Vice-Rector Academic Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS), has resigned from her position and has been appointed as Vice-Rector: Learning at the University of Stellenbosch (US) as from 1 October 2007.

She has been appointed in the vacant position of Prof. Russel Botman, who was appointed as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the US at the end of 2006.

Prof. Fourie started her career at the UFS in 1998 as researcher in higher education and was later promoted to Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHESD).

She was appointed on 1 January 2004 as Vice-Rector: Academic Planning and is responsible for among others strategic planning (including strategic planning for the two satellite campuses of the UFS), academic planning (including programme planning and evaluation, institutional quality assurance, enrolment planning, research planning, community service, etc.), regional co-operation and academic development for students.

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
31 July 2007

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