What a woman percieves IS valid..and (in my opinion) women GENERALLY do not feel safe alone in remote areas.
I think there is truth in both statements. I believe (IMHO) that women (in general) can be more easily intimidated. I think there are many reasons for this - from an evolutionary point of view, they are more aware of the likelihood of danger, they are programmed to develop early defensive mechanisms (which means they will develop anxiety related behaviour sooner) - all completely relevant in cave man times, but not so appropriate now.will be even bolder here now; perhaps it is you that has the man problem?
I also believe that, in general, women are more intelligent and process information far more effectively than men - therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon women to overcome their natural insticntive selves, and know that they are, in the main, safe. When they are not safe, that they have a very strong likelihood that they can physically overcome their attacker. But if you are programmed to fear attack, you will respond in a 'fearfilled' manner.
The very way that one holds oneself, one walks, the 'sense' of 'don't f*ck with me or I'll rip your head off' when you are out alone, has been shown to put off would-be attackers.
So much of this is to do with perception - and that is in the mind. BB, notwithstanding what happened to you, it was a rare event that is unlikely to happen again - don't allow it to restrict you in what you do.