I thought it might be useful to discuss ways to cope with having to be around, and being confronted by, aggressively negative behaviour while at the sit-in. I'm quite shy and introverted -- not to mention female, so possibly seen as an easier target by aggressive males -- thus trying to head off people who are behaving antagonistically is very difficult (unless they're attacking someone else, in which case my mother hen instinct kicks in). There have been a couple of occasions when things have gone aggressively negative while I've been there as an anchor and alone. I didn't feel that I was in any danger, but I've still been left dismayed and spooked.
Does anyone have any ideas about how to handle such situations?