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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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Graduation excitement hits Qwaqwa
2016-05-06

Description: 2016 Qwaqwa Autumn graduation Tags: 2016 Qwaqwa Autumn graduation

More than 700 degrees, diplomas and certificates will be conferred to deserving Kovsies when the graduation season hits the Qwaqwa Campus on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May 2016.

On Friday, Dr Mafu Rakometsi, the CEO of Umalusi, will address graduands from the Faculties of Education and of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Umalusi is the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training.

The following day, Prof David Dickinson, a visiting academic, researcher and sociologist from the University of the Witwatersrand who is currently based on the Qwaqwa Campus, will speak to the graduands from the Faculties of the Humanities and of Economic and Management Sciences.

Among the degrees to be conferred will be five PhDs and seven Master’s degrees in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. One of the PhDs will be conferred posthumously

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