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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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SACOMM Conference at UFS
2007-09-14

The Department of Communication and Information Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) is hosting the annual conference of the South African Communications Association (SACOMM). The theme of the conference is "The African Landscape"

Date: 19-21 September 2007
Venue: CR Swart Auditorium, UFS Main Campus
Time: Please refer to the attached programme

The keynote address, entitled "The concept of an African University", will be delivered by Prof. Achille Mbembe from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) on 19 September 2007 at 14:00.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Mercia Coetzee at 051 401 2872 or 082 257 4566.

Download Conference programme (Pdf format)

Department receives sponsorship from ABSA Bank

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Communication and Information Studies received a sponsor of R20 000 from ABSA Bank. The department is hosting the annual national conference of the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) from 19-21 September 2007 on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein and the money will be used for the conference. During the hand-over of the sponsorship were, from the left are: Ms Mercia Coetzee (Lecturer at the department and organiser of the conference) and Ms Eloïse Calitz (ABSA Bank).
Photo: Supplied
 

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