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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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SIFE team performs for the Rectorate
2007-08-15

 

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently delivered its winning presentation before the Rectorate and the Faculty Committee of Economic and Management Sciences. The UFS team, who won the competition in 2002, 2003 and 2004, will represent South Africa at the SIFE World Cup in New York in October this year. The team is sponsored by Harmony Gold. At the presentation were from the left, front: Antonio Gumede, Tracey Mokoena and Katlego Mothidi; back: Sihle Ndlela, Gordon Rose, Mbulelo Mpofana and Prof. Tienie Crous (Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences).
Photo: Stephen Collett
 

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