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Why would someone sniff me

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What to do if someone sniffs me.


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Alex.     

Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share how we’re feeling, or what’s going on for us, but we also know how important it is to talk about it.  

If you suspect that someone is sniffing you and it makes you uncomfortable, there are several steps you can take: 

Trust Your Instincts: If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts. Your feelings are valid, and it’s essential to prioritise your well-being. 

Move Away: If possible, distance yourself from the person who is sniffing you. Move to a different location where you feel more secure. 

Speak Up: Calmly and assertively express your discomfort to the person. You can say something like, “I feel uncomfortable when you sniff me. Please stop.” Clearly communicate your boundaries, and it’s okay to be firm about your feelings. This article has tips on how to set boundaries in different areas of your life

Seek Support: If the behaviour continues or escalates, reach out to friends, family, or other people you trust. Share your concerns and seek their support and advice. You would have the right to contact the Gardaí if the person in question does not stop after you have asked them to. 

If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you too. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website

Remember, your safety and comfort are important. It’s important to set and enforce boundaries, and if someone’s behaviour makes you uneasy, take steps to address the situation and look for support from those around you. 

Take care of yourself,


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