Unfortunately, a lot of us have had unpleasant experiences with people who wanted our phone number or a romantic relationship and wouldn't take "no" for an answer.

Actress Jameela Jamil posted a shocking tweet detailing how she once rejected a man's advances and was punched in the face, reports The Guardian.

She wrote: "I once said no thank you to a man when I was 19 and didn't have an excuse... and he punched me in the face.

After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do. Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It's like existing on thin ice."

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The actress went on to detail another unpleasant incident where she was insulted and threatened after rejecting another man, tweeting:

"Was out at the shops with my friend. Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then shouts at me that I'm low class..."

More than 15 000 people have since retweeted the post, with women followers from all over the world bravely sharing their own experiences, showing just how common an issue it is for women.

One woman wrote: "Throwback to the guy who insisted that me having a girlfriend wasn't a good enough excuse not to date him because "girls don't count" and managed to get all my contact info except my address and harassed me from multiple accounts for months. Now I say I have a boyfriend, too."

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"I got called a lesbian and told I was probably on my period when I rejected a guy, his friend also spat a chip at me and this this awesome girl came out of nowhere and started shouting at them," commented another.

A study by the University of Kansas researchers on male aggression in the face of female rejection outlines how men often associate rejection with their masculinity, and when that is threatened, they tend to fight for it. In an attempt to re-prove their manliness they resort to aggression. 

Jameela shared that she believes harassment due to rejected advances from women could be prevented if children are taught healthier ways to handle rejection. 

To the men who do not yet understand this: “No” is not an amber light. Just. Stop.
Jameela Jamil - Twitter

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Canadian journalist Joanna Chiu recently wrote a Twitter thread about how she had to intervene after witnessing a man harassing a young woman on an airplane.

"As soon as he asked for a “dirty” photo while leaning close to her I turned around and rage-whispered exactly what I thought of that and he didn’t say anything back and went off to use the washroom," she wrote.

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