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17 Terrifying Things That've Happened When A Woman Rejected A Man's Advances

Trigger warning: This post contains mentions of sexual harassment, assault, and rape.

Recently, Twitter user @_ElizabethMay asked her followers to retweet if "you've ever had a frightening response from a man when you've rebuffed, rejected, or otherwise ignored his advance."

"This thread was started because a man in my mentions insisted I not speak for all women by discussing how afraid we are to reject men," Elizabeth, a Scotland-based author, wrote. "This thread was my point."According to inews.co.uk, the recent deadly school shooting in Santa Fe prompted Elizabeth to broach the topic of rejection. "Santa Fe was only the most recent story in a long line of stories where the media blames a woman’s rejection on a man’s murder spree," Elizabeth reportedly told i. "But that’s a simplification of the issue. It’s not just rejection. It’s a toxic aspect of culture in which women are seen as prizes, possessions, objects. Their desires and feelings are not considered."
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"This thread was started because a man in my mentions insisted I not speak for all women by discussing how afraid we are to reject men," Elizabeth, a Scotland-based author, wrote. "This thread was my point."

According to inews.co.uk, the recent deadly school shooting in Santa Fe prompted Elizabeth to broach the topic of rejection. "Santa Fe was only the most recent story in a long line of stories where the media blames a woman’s rejection on a man’s murder spree," Elizabeth reportedly told i. "But that’s a simplification of the issue. It’s not just rejection. It’s a toxic aspect of culture in which women are seen as prizes, possessions, objects. Their desires and feelings are not considered."

More than 19,000 people have since retweeted the message, with some bravely sharing with their own experiences. Here are 17 responses:

TW: Some stories include mentions of rape and sexual harassment and violence.

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If you or someone you love has been affected by sexual violence, check out the resources available on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to talk to a trained professional.

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