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Touch, Unwanted Affection and Personal Boundaries

We have to rethink the way we teach our children about physical contact, affection, and personal boundaries. This is not about making children responsible for preventing sexual abuse because that’s our role as adults. This is about 1) letting our children know that we respect their highly intuitive boundaries; 2) equipping them with skills for boundary-setting; and 3) making it very clear that they should come to us whenever they feel that someone is acting in a way that is inappropriate toward them.