I thought I’d write to you guys because I liked the advice that was given to the guy whose girlfriend was being hassled and harassed.
My situation involves 2 foreigners. I was assaulted by a French national last year. I’m from N. America. It was an unprovoked assault with many witnesses. (I learned that if I would have fought back, I couldn’t have taken him to court.)
So after getting some legal counsel, I pressed charges.
However, it wasn’t possible for me to attend all of the court hearings to see the case through until the end. We settled out of court for the amount of 12,000NT. I did this because I thought the bureaucratic process would show him that he can’t just go around assaulting people.
This man is married to a local Taiwanese woman. The whole reason he chose to pick on me was because he accused me of stealing his email password and doing malicious things to his computer. He has also falsely accused me of having sex with his wife. Another friend was also accused of the same but was never attacked.
This man is mentally unstable. We knew each other socially through a community team, but were never friends. The thing that annoyed me the most happened in the hearing. Even though we settled, we went in front of a judge so there was a record of the incident. She treated it like a spat between a family or friends, JUST BECAUSE WE’RE both foreigners.
So I thought everything would be fine but now I’ve received word because he’s been talking past members of our team. They all are aware of his sickness/condition and each time he calls, they suggest he should seek medical attention…but he gets aggressive and shoots down their recommendations).
Now he’s saying he wants to kill me and that it’s not over. It’s like he’s not scared at all of the consequences of his behavior. I’m frightened because I really enjoy my life in Taiwan and I’m happy here. I don’t like the feeling of walking around having to look over my shoulder because of a story that was dreamed up in this man’s head.
I want to go to the police but I’m afraid that:
- It will provoke my attacker to do something even more violent.
- The police won’t take such death threats seriously.
He didn’t threaten me personally, but through a 3rd party so I don’t know if that is a valid threat? The 3rd party said he’d be willing to make a statement against the my attacker.
These were the exact events that occurred before he attacked me the first time so I don’t want to wait until it is too late…but I’m not sure what the most effective step would be. If you have any experience with this type of situation or could help me out with any advice, please let me know.
Thank you very much.