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Dad touched my butt

Your Question

Hi, I’m 12 years old and when I was a kid my dad touched my butt when I was walking upstairs. I don’t know if that’s okay and I’m really confused

Answer

Hi there,
 
Thank you so much for reaching out to us. It takes a lot of courage to share something that’s been bothering you, and we’re really glad you did. Feeling confused about what happened is completely normal, especially when it involves someone close to you like your dad.
 
It’s important to know that your body belongs to you, and no one has the right to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused, no matter who they are. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s important to trust your instincts. It’s perfectly ok to question whether something is appropriate.
 
Talking to someone you trust can be really helpful. This could be a teacher, school counsellor, or another family member. They can provide support and help you sort through your feelings. Remember, your feelings are important and deserve to be taken seriously. You may find this article helpful www.childline.ie/how-to-set-boundaries-in-different-areas-of-your-life/.
 
If you’re ever in doubt or need someone to talk to, you can always contact us at Childline by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or Messenger at www.childline.ie (just click on the purple chat icon). We are confidential, non-judgmental, and open 24/7. We’re always here for you for any reason, at any time.
 
Take care, and know that you are not alone,
Alex

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