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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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Double Spring Festival
2007-08-15

 
DOUBLE SPRING FESTIVAL!
1 – 2 September 2007
 
The Department of Music and the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra is presenting a Double Spring Festival for double pleasure!
 
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Odeion
19:30
Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra
 
The Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sjoerd Alkema will perform works by Sibelius (Finlandia), Mozart (Double Piano Concerto), Chabrier, Weber and Schubert. Pianists Nicol Viljoen and Sjoerd Alkema will perform the double piano concerto together with the orchestra.
 
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Odeion
16:00
The Three Brahms Piano Trios
 
Three of our country’s leading musicians will give you the opportunity to hear all three of the piano trios by composer Johannes Brahms in one concert! Well known pianist Albie van Schalkwyk (currently Departmental Chairperson at the UFS Department of Music) will perform with cellist Anmarie van der Westhuizen and violinist Pieter Schoeman.
 
ADMISSION (double ticket)
Adults (R80)
Pensioners, Students and learners (R60)
 
BOOKINGS
Tel. 051 – 401 2504
   
  

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