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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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New SRC elected on UFS Main Campus
2007-08-21

Mr Ben Schoonwinkel, forth-year student in B.Sc. Agric., was elected today as SRC President of the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) for 2007/2008. Mr Schoonwinkel was SRC member for student affairs in 2006/2007.

This year the FF+Kovsies obtained five proportional seats, Sasco three and the DA one. The FF+Kovsies ceded one seat to the DA, while Sasco maintained its position.

Where the election on individual basis (first-past-the-post) is concerned, the FF+Kovsies obtained all nine seats – the same as last year.

The SRC election had more or less the same pattern than last year. Altogether
6 820 students voted while 6 353 students voted in 2006.


Media Release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
17 August 2007
 

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