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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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Scaena Theatre: Steel Magnolias
2007-08-22

Steel Magnolias

By: Robert Harling
Director: Elizna Pieters

With: Eileen van der Merwe, Nicole Smit, Nastacia de Klerk, Jenette Vivier, Isabel Mostert, Ilse Hancke

Steel Magnolias is a must-see production soon to be performed by drama students in their second year at the University of the Free State. It is directed by Elizna Pieters, currently doing her B.A. Drama and Theatre Arts (Hons) in directing.

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon: Ouiser ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"), an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy”.

Although filled with hilarious repartee and verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby, a diabetic, risks pregnancy. Soon the women realize that they share everything, from the shampoo and gossip right down to love, loss and an underlying strength. This gives the play and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Steel Magnolias can be seen at the Scaena Theatre on the UFS campus, on 11 and 13 September 2007 (English Production).

Ysterasters is te sien in die Sceana Teater (UV-kampus) op 12 en 14 September.  (Afrikaanse Produksie)

Reservations / Tickets: Department Drama and Theatre Arts

Emmie van Wyk - +27 51 401 2160

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