The comment from my 8-year-old that set off alarm bells.

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“In itself, the fact that I thought it was cool to have sex before I was even a teenager should have sent up some red flags,” I remembered writing, and I thought, what basis could a third-grader have to be thinking about people kissing each other’s privates?

Perhaps she walked in on someone in an intimate moment. Maybe she overheard a conversation or accidentally came across some adult content on television or the internet. It could be that she and her family have already discussed the logistics and mechanics of sex.

All of these are plausible explanations. I desperately hope one of them is true. But my consideration of the situation couldn’t stop there.

Because another possibility is that Lizzie had been subject to sexual abuse. And ignoring that possibility would be failing this…

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