@Alicia1, @Craig6 @Zee Alicia1 I want you to know you’re safe here. Many of us have dealt with similar life experience and mental aftermath. As Craig6 and Zee noted Good on ya! You met evil - if you call it that - or at the least a human-animal which doesn’t think of the love of life and rejoicing in every day they have in living; as most of us do. The shock of meeting someone who doesn’t share the civil contract, that doesn’t even have an idea of what that means, has caused good people’s hearts to skip a beat or so because of the shock of realization.
Now, remember, You ARE safe Here. I want you to stop and think a moment, however, and remember the moment you were able to face him down. I want you to visualize the look on his face as he started his approach to you and that instant right after he realized he either had to put up or shut up. What did you see there? Was it terror and surprise? Was it surprise and no, I don’t want that, No? was it a smirk or condescension? A half-smiling nod? Was it just a cold blank face, or anger? Think about it, and really see what his reaction was to your denial of what he wanted to do most at that moment.
Ok, now… You can think clearly about what you might want to do next. Does this rise to the need to contact the Police and protect yourself, your family? Do you need to move somewhere else - for a few days or? Does everyone else in your neighborhood, people you know to be civil and lawful; good neighbors; do they know what happened? Has this man been dealt with since this happened to you?
Alicia1 I want to see your signature on these forums for a long time to come. I think you may find this group a good touchstone to come back and read occasionally, or, join with us and become part of the community. But I want you to realize, of all of us here, right now, you are within a statistically significant period of time where you are more at risk. Stack the deck, do things that improve your security and that of your family. IF it means you need to protect yourself from this individual OR his aquaintances let law enforcement know. Let your adult family know. Tell a trusted friend or more. Stack the deck in your favor.