I thank all of you for your input on my situation.
I do understand what you mean, TFE. I've encountered many people to which gentleness is not in their personality or vocabulary.
All in all, I completely respect everyone's opinions on this issue. I've stated mine, and have no intention to change the opinions of others.
With that in mind, I am taking the advice of dear marisol and looking to the future.
Blessed be, everyone.