I think you did the right thing. Your "friends" grooming you (find better friends, really) + a horrible place (hatecrimes, rape, executions, drugs, etc. Wtf is this place?!)= bad equation! Anyone would feel vulnerable in this hell. You did well to leave.
Just a little question : do you consider that the presence of the gay culture in this place is also a bad thing as well as drugs, abuses, rapes, drugs, hatecrimes, etc. ?
Well, I hope my answer could help you!