How can you protect yourself from grooming or sexual abuse? The answer is simple- tell and keep telling until somebody does something.
A normal relationship progresses into grooming with secrecy.
Grooming progresses to abuse because of secrecy.
Abuse continues through secrecy.
Pay attention to your gut. Your gut will feel uncomfortable oftentimes when your boundaries are being violated in some way. Your body can signal you to something wrong before you even realize it consciously.
Don’t keep secrets. Tell and keep telling until somebody does something to help.