Dear Miss Emily:

My mom remarried in 2009, and her husband has been inappropriately slapping my butt saying it's his.  I'm 23 years old, and he tries to tickle me.  I get really uncomfortable and my mother keeps saying he's playing when I tell him straight forward to stop. I'm currently to the point where I don't want to be home and I feel dirty. I tell my mom and she doesn't listen to me.

--------------------------------Miss Emily's advice-------------------------

I don't blame you for feeling the way you do. What your stepfather is doing is horribly inappropriate, and outrageously offensive. You have told him to stop, he doesn't, and your mother makes excuses for him by labeling it harmless fun. It's imperative that you have a plan to move out. Your mother's denial, and you being subjected to this predator must stop. Get back to me, and let's see if we can come up with that plan together.