Jessica thank you so much for sharing this piece!
I've had similar interactions in my past and always thought it was my fault, somehow, that I acted in a certain way to encourage the attention.
As a mother of 2 young girls I am terrified about what interactions they could experience in the future. My prayer is that by having this conversation over and over and over again everyone involved can be aware of these red flags. Thank you so much for contributing to the conversation!