Around the time when I was in 5th or 6th grade, I joined the church choir. . . around the early 1970s. Even back then, we had the "Sharing of the Peace" as part of the church service. Well, one time, I received a rather passionate "Share". . . right on the lips. The person who shared that passionate "kiss of peace" was an older man. Needless to say, I felt quite quite awkward and embarrassed. He was a respected member of our Parish so I did not think to bring it up to anyone. Besides, it happened in church, while other people were shaking hands and giving gentle hugs. Still, it was weird that an older man would kiss a younger boy. . . on the lips. (Ugh!) This all happened before I knew anything about homosexuality, or before knowing almost anything having to do with sex. About a decade later, I found out the he found a room-mate. His room-mate was a young man, probably in his mid-20s at the time. They remained in a relationship up until this older man passed away. However, in retrospect, that "Kiss of Peace" was inappropriate. I still feel weird when I think about it. I'm also left wondering if other young boys received similar "kisses of peace" . . . or more. . .
herring_RN - I appreciate what you shared. It seems that, as a society, we need to do this, so that we're reminded concepts like consent, informed consent, personal boundries, inappropriate sexual contact (on any level), etc.