Dear Abby: Neighbor's crude advances demand a swift response

Posted: August 04, 2011

DEAR ABBY: Yesterday my sister wanted to go tanning, so our neighbor's father took us. After she got out of the car, he started to touch me inappropriately and say nasty things.

I told him to stop and that I didn't like it, but he kept on. Should I tell the police? Or my old social worker? I'm 20 and don't know what to do. I'm afraid he'll do something worse.

- Scared on the East Coast

DEAR SCARED: NO ONE has the right to put his hands on you without your permission! Although what your neighbor's father did may not have been an assault, it could be considered sexual battery. You should inform your social worker right away. A man who would do this to you is completely capable of doing it to a minor.

DEAR ABBY: Let's say you made arrangements with a friend and then forgot about them, so you made other arrangements with someone else. When you discover your mistake, should you honor the first commitment?

- Needs an Answer Soon

DEAR NEEDS AN ANSWER: Yes, you should. To cancel the original plans would be rude. And when you make other arrangements with the "someone else," you should apologize and explain that you had previous plans.

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