CC, you're allowing yourself to take on the role of victim, and you seem to be feeling quite sorry for yourself. When you begin to do that, it gets you down, and puts you in a very powerless frame of mind. Ultimately, IME, there is only one way out of this, and that is to take responsibility for what YOU caused. It may sound harsh, but please ask yourself: Is it possible that I was just too physical, and it became very uncomfortable for the lady? Is it possible that the lady wanted to talk to me about it, but I was unavailable to talk about it, from her perspective (emotionally disconnected, previous attempts went unanswered, etc)? What was it that could possibly cause others to laugh uncontrollably? Did I just perceive that the laughter was directed at me and that it was uncontrollable? If it really was, and the "mob" was just a bunch of bullys, then what about my demeanor, posture, or overall 'look' gave them the idea that it was okay to do this? Maybe she was a total *****, and you just had a class full of jerks. It's very possible. But even if that's so, what could YOU have done to proactively take responsibility for changing the situation, and could it have turned out differently? Again, I'm not trying to blame. But sometimes when bad things happen, we put on our victim costume and start to feel sorry for ourselves. That doesn't help us, or anyone else. Powerful people understand that they shape their own experience, and victims feel that life happens to them.