On Monday I helped out with host training for Nightstop. We talked about how to be with vulnerable young people. The trainer walked over to one of the trainee hosts, touched her on the leg and said, "When I touch you, something changes. I become your friend'. A boundary is crossed.
Last week I touched a man on the arm when I asked him a question. I thought I was being friendly but really I was flirting. I wanted to touch him, to test the water.
Today a woman fell in the road in front of me. She held up her bare hand for help. I took it, pulled her to her feet and held it until she was ready to let go.