The Myth: "Spike was always trying to touch her inappropriately
in public. She tried to fend him off, even though she ended up giving
in most of the time. In public, HE was the one also trying to slip
his fingers somewhere. "
Not very hard. See Myth: Buffy tried to
say no to Spike many times (from Wrecked through As You
Were), but she was too weak and couldn't make him stop.
And they were in public precisely =once=. (I'm counting "public"
as having other people around.)