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Touched without my permission

Your Question

What do i do if i was touched without permission by a fellow classmate that is the legal age of consent and im not

Answer

Hey there,
 
Thank you for reaching out to us here at Ask Alex. It is really brave of you to seek advice, and we are sorry to hear you are going through this. Remember, it is never okay for someone to touch you without your permission, regardless of whether you are of legal age or not. You have the right to feel protected and safe.
 
Have you considered disclosing this to a trusted adult in your life? This could be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, coach, or counsellor. They will be able to guide you on how to report such incidents and support you through this.
 
If this incident is affecting you negatively in any way, it is important that you do speak to somebody about how you are feeling. Self-care is beneficial too. You could try mindfulness or relaxation exercises, or journaling. Here is a link to some relaxation exercises www.childline.ie/video-breathing-and-relaxation-exercises-to-help-you-release-your-worries/
 
You would have the right to report the incident to the Gardaí. You may need the support of an adult if you choose to go down that route.
 
If you ever want to chat, we are always here to listen. You are welcome to chat with us through our webchat service by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie. Alternatively, our free phone service is 1800 66 66 66. This is an anonymous and confidential service that provides you with a supportive, non-judgmental, friendly listening ear anytime you need.
 
Take care of yourself and reach out to those who can provide the support you need.
 
Alex

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