Girl Scouts urging parents not to force their daughters into hugging relatives

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Girl Scouts USA is warning parents not to force their daughters into hugging their relatives this holiday season.

The organization released a statement saying, “telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”

SafeNet employees said they agree with this message.

“By teaching our children when they’re young about consent, they will know about it by the time they are teens and older and they’ll understand it and understand that their body is their body and they don’t have to share it with anyone that they don’t want to,” said Robyn Young, the Director of Domestic Violence Services.

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