Respectful Relationships

Curtin University Malaysia is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment, and have zero tolerance for sexual assault and sexual harassment.

If you need assistance, please remember you are not alone. There is a range of services and support available for students and staff.

Serious safety concerns

In a life-threatening situation, contact the POLICE on 999. In case of an emergency within the campus premises, call +6085 – 630100; EXT: 2782/2383 to ensure a timely response.

Report a sexual assault or sexual harassment incident

If you are aware of, or have experienced an incident of sexual assault or harassment, see something that shouldn’t be happening, or feel unsafe, please report it.

Support services

Free and confidential support at Curtin

We will help you get the right support, even if the incident occurred in the past and/or did not occur on a Curtin campus. A range of free and confidential services are also available to support you if you have experienced, or been affected by, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Contact our Counsellors 

What is sexual assault and sexual harassment?

Sexual assault is when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have withdrawn their consent.

Sexual assault:

  • Is behaviour that the survivor has not invited or chosen.
  • Can be one-off events, or part of a pattern of violence.
  • May have a range of effects, including physical, emotional and psychological.

Sexual assault and other sexual offences are criminal offences.

Read more on the Laws on Rape and Sexual Assault.

Sexual harassment is:

  • Any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.
  • Interaction, flirtation or friendship which is not mutual or consensual.

Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent. It’s important that you are 100% sure that the person you’re with is happy and willing because non-consensual sexual activity (even kissing and touching) is actually against the law.

Not only is sex without consent a crime, but being pressured or forced into a sexual situation you’re not ready for (also known as rape and sexual assault) can do lasting emotional damage. It’s not enough to just assume someone wants sex as much as you, you really have to ask.

You can also check out this video for more information.