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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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School of Management receives international award
2008-05-13

The School of Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) is one of the 1 000 best schools of management in the world.

This grading was recently done by Eduniversal, an online instrument that helps students across the world with their choice of school of management.

“The 1 000 schools of management are graded by the heads of selected schools of management. This is done according to the schools’ local and international influence and their ability to make students appointable in their own and other countries. The grading is representative of schools of management in more than 150 counties,” says Prof. Helena van Zyl, Director of the UFS School of Management.

The grading was done by asking the heads of this selected group of schools the following question: “Which business school(s) would you recommend to anyone who wants to study in your country?”

“It is an exceptional privilege to receive such an international award. It gives us an indication of how much national and international influence we have and also how visible the UFS School of Management is,” says Prof. van Zyl.


Media Release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za  
12 May 2008

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