Hello everyone. I am an eighteen year old girl who is at her wit’s end. Let me give you the history first, before I explain the current issue.
When I was eleven, I got along with everyone in our neighborhood; we were all friends. But all heck broke loose when a family moved in next to my two friends. The daughter (let’s call her Sally) and her brother (we’ll refer to him as Dan) befriended my two neighbors, and they almost instantly turned against me. It went from silly bullying (name calling, for example) to some pretty terrifying stuff. Sally tried to get into some physical confrontations with me, but I refused, as I am not a violent individual and only believe in it as a last resort. She (and my former friends) began following me and my one friend everywhere, and would sit and watch us as we hung out together. Dan, before things escalated, touched me in a sexual way when I was only eleven and he was ten…I went home crying and my father yelled at him for doing such a thing; I believe this is what started it all.
At any rate, my former friends (who Sally and Dan befriended) have since moved, and things calmed down for a time. Sally is now around the age of twenty and Dan is about seventeen. I thought they had grown up.
Two summers ago, I went outside at 11pm to let my dog out on my front lawn. Looking over, I noticed a young man squatting down and aiming a rifle at me. I was 99.9% sure it was Dan. I was frightened and quickly ushered my dog and mother (who was also outside with me) back into the house. My mom was afraid to call the police because of retaliation (and as we look back, we really regret it). But the next day, we thought better of it and went to the cops. They said they couldn’t do anything because there was no proof it was him.
This past summer, my father went into our garage and discovered a bullet hole in our garage window. He instantly called the cops and the officer said that it came from the direction of Sally and Dan’s house. This scared me even more. The police, yet again, said that there was nothing they could do, because they could not prove that he was the one who did it.
Well, two days ago, my friend and I went to a grocery store, and I saw Sally and two of her friends there. We did not confront each other; in fact, I quickly ushered her out of the way so they would not see us. However, when I got to my car, I saw that Sally had parked right next to me. Mind you, this was at 8:30pm…there were not many cars in the lot. Call me paranoid, but I do not think that this was a coincidence. The next day, I went out to my car and noticed a scratch…what I thought was a key mark. Well, that was the last straw. I went to the police again and was made to wait for hours, only to face a cop who laughed at me. I was made to explain the whole sexual situation with Dan in front of many other people, because the cop did not take me into a private, back room. I was humiliated and felt like a fool.
Now, I am completely at a loss about what I should do. I am frightened that they will harm me or one of my family members. Things like sitting in front of my window scare me, because I am worried about being shot…I honestly feel like crying as I write this. I am so frightened. My parents are older, and neither are particularly well…I am so afraid that something will happen to them because of Sally and Dan. Their mother (parents are divorced) is a horrible, horrible woman and a pathetic sight to behold. She is no better than her children, is vulgar and has tried to cause problems for my poor mother who was only trying to stand up for me and my friends.
I also recently heard from one of my friends that, not too long ago, Sally threatened her and shoved her, because she was dating a guy who Sally was interested in. So this just confirms my feelings and worries that Sally has no problem being violent with others.
Please pray for me. As the days go on, I become more and more paralyzed with fear. And please pray for Sally and Dan…I cannot…I am too angry to pray, but I know prayer could only help their horrible family situation.
Any advice in regard to what I should do is completely welcome, as well. I greatly appreciate all the help this community has given to me in the past, and I just want to thank you all in advance for your kind answers.