This may sound weird but reading your column over the past few years gave me enough courage to file a restraining order against my deranged fuck buddy who tried to break in to my house last night. I recognized that his behavior would only escalate and probably become violent, so I got the restraining order now instead of later. I did what I thought you would do, and I feel safer and more powerful for it. Thanks for that. I know I was the one who made the decision, but you helped shape my thinking so that I’d make the safe and healthy choice. Thanks for that.
Damn. Good for you. It sucks that you’re having to deal with this, but I’m glad that you took action with the restraining order. You definitely did the right thing.
(Just to be clear, someone trying to break into your house is an act of violence. He doesn’t have to physically injure you for it to count.)