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Does it count as sexual assault

Your Question

So when I was seven my dad groped my butt but he might’ve been drunk when he did it and he doesn’t remember it does it count as sexual assault? 

Answer

Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex.

Thank you for reaching out for advice; it takes a very brave person to do so. You have asked us if your dad touching your butt counts a sexual assault.  

Noone has the right to touch your body without your consent, even if they are under the influence of alcohol. You have the right to feel safe in Ireland. It is never your fault and as you were under the age of 17 when this happened, it constitutes child abuse.  

If you have an adult that you trust in your life, whether it’s a parent, relative or teacher, let them know what’s happened. They can help you support you and help you to connect with the appropriate resources. TÚSLA, the child and family agency in Ireland, are responsible for making sure every young person in Ireland has a safe place to live. You can find out more about what they can do for you here: www.tusla.ie/services/.  

If you’re not sure who you can trust or worry that you will be blamed or judged for what has happened, Childline is always here to listen and support you in making the right decision for you. You can get in touch by calling 1800 66 66 66 or using the Live Message button on our website Childline.ie. We are here round the clock, we never close. So please get i touch when it is the right time for you, and we can look at some options with you.

Take care of yourself, you are not alone, 

Alex

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