I think most of what I keep going over in my head about this episode has been said, but I'm going to add myself to the chorus of 'it doesn't matter if it's a crime, if someone asks you to stop touching them you stop touching them'. It doesn't even matter WHY they ask. Maybe Kellee was actually a germaphobe like she claimed in the first episode. Maybe she has super-sensitive skin. Maybe she's had some trauma in her past that makes her dislike being touched the way Dan was going it. Maybe she's just oversensitive. It doesn't matter WHY. She is not obligated to let him touch her. She doesn't need a rational and widely-accepted-by-a-bunch-of-randoms-on-the-internet reason. If someone asks you to stop touching them, then you stop. It's actually that simple.
And yes, it's Survivor - there are going to be times it's impossible. But she wasn't complaining about if he had to take her hand to pull her up a wall in a challenge, or whatever. These were all instances where he did not have to be touching her, but he was. Deliberately.
(As an aside, I don't see any 'just' about someone brushing a hair from someone elses face. The thought of anyone I'm not super-close to touching my face makes me shudder. I would never do it to anyone else, not even a good friend, and I would be creeped out by someone doing it to me, even if they didn't mean anything by it. Clearly YMMV, but just the fact that mileage does, in fact, vary, is as good a reason as anything to just.... NOT touch other people if you don't know they're okay with it.)
One thing that I've been thinking about is WHY - beyond my own personal issues - this episode felt so uniquely awful and upsetting. I've seen lots of people say it's the absolute worst thing they've seen on Survivor, and from an emotional standpoint, I agree.
But if I'm being clear-headed about it, I feel like what Varner did to Zeke was maybe worse, as a single act of utter awfulness. But Varner got his comeuppance. His entire tribe turned on him - and let's be real, who knows how ALL the rest of them really felt about what happened, maybe a couple of them didn't really care, but all of them universally seemed to understand that it was a Bad Thing To Do, and should be punished - and he got booted from the game. He was the bad guy who did a bad thing, but he paid a price for it. There was a sense of justice being done. The good guys won, at least in a game sense.
Here... the good guys lost. Kellee got booted. Janet has no allies and is likely out next. Jamal got booted. The bad guys are in control of the game and it's likely someone whose behaviour in all of this was at best questionable, will win. There's no happy ending. And in that, it's a bit too much like real life, because for all we talk about Me Too ruining careers and "cancelling" people, unless you actually ARE Harvey Weinstein, you're probably going to come out the other end fine, and that is... depressing as hell.