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Young girls might “get the wrong idea about consent and physical affection” if they’re told to hug someone, instead of doing so out of her own volition, the release states.
“The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children,” said Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, “but the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older.”
Archibald added that pushing girls into hugging people they don’t want to can impact their feelings toward themselves and their bodies.
“Plus,” the release states, “sadly, we know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights, know when lines are being crossed, and when to go to you for help.”