what is your alternative? most airlines list those items as 'MUST NOT be carried in hold luggage'. most travel insurance would specifically NOT cover those items if they were not in your possesion, that is, in your hand luggage. general advice to travellers is not to put anuthing in the hold you can't live without.
inappropriate touching is a very subjective thing. if a person sets off the metal detector, then they are liable to be 'wanded' and/or given a pat down. how intrusive you find that process is usually down to your personal sensitivities. it is not pleasant, but it is not supposed to be.
to make loss of belongings and personal discomfort less likely, keep your handluggage to an absolute minimum. make sure you are not carrying metal objects before you go through the metal detector. and check each item carefully if you are required to unpack and repack, so that you leave nothing behind.
no matter how many answers you recieve on this thread, no-one will 'confirm' anything. some people may feel those things above, some may not. it doesn't 'confirm' anything. my own experience was that security was slow but efficient and unoffensive. just like most airports i've been through.