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I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want

“When the orientation began, the host led us through the familiar rules. When he got to Rule 6 (You are encouraged to change your mind), he clarified, “You can simply say, ‘I’m done’ or ‘this isn’t working.’” I felt my eyes prickle with unexpected tears. What a simple idea that was. I thought of my younger self, all those hands I had never wanted to touch me. I thought of all the women’s stories that I now carried. What if we had all been taught that we could stop whenever we wanted?”