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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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Department of Architecture presents the 19th Sophia Grey Memorial Lecture
2007-09-04

 

The 19th Sophia Grey Memorial Lecture of the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Architecture was recently presented by Prof. Jo Noero, an architect known for designing many community-based projects in South Africa. His lecture was titled: The expedient and the ethical, the everyday and the extraordinary. The department also presented a mini congress with architects such as Jonathan Jacobson, Henri Comrie and Michiel Cohen as guest speakers. At the lecture were, from the left: Prof. Noero, Nellis Beyers (third-year student in Architecture), Lieze Swart (third-year student in Architecture) and Prof. Jan Smit (Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Architecture).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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