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Jameela Jamil has revealed she was once 'punched in the face' by a man after she rejected his advances as a teenager.
The television presenter and actress, 33, recalled the encounter on Twitter on Sunday - and hundreds of people have since shared similar experiences with street harassment.
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Jameela, who was just 19 at the time, said the stranger became aggressive when she snubbed his romantic interest and 'didn't have an excuse'.
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.
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'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.'
The Good Place star went on to say 'we need to change the way we see rejection as a society' so it 'doesn't feel like the ground it swallowing you up when someone says no.'
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'This would lessen their need to lash out,' she wrote.
The series of tweets sparked a conversation between the actress' 736,000 followers - who began to recall their own experiences with 'scary' responses to rejection.
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One user said: 'I once politely turned down a guy who approached me mid-shopping by saying what you did.
'He said he was surprised I had a bf with my 'attitude', carried on walking with me and said I'm probably too expensive anyway before another guy stood in between us and asked if I was OK.'
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Another commented: 'I was telling a story about unwanted male attention to one of my guy mates recently. He uttered the f****** awful cliche "You should be flattered".
'What's sad is he genuinely meant it & I've been trying ever since to get across how so-called positive attention can be scary.'
And a third said:...
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