We ended up taking a longer route home

Harassment & Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 5
Location: Outside Tesco on Whitegate Drive

“I was outside Tescos with my mum and a man we did not know in a car pulled up and kept insisting that he wanted to drive us home. My mum told him to go away and he eventually did. We only lived 5 minutes away but ended up walking in the opposite direction and taking a longer route home.”

Maker: Joe Booth

I never spoke up for fear of seeming ‘frigid’

Sexual Assault

Name: AE
Age: 12
Location: ***
Date: 2000

“I was in year 8, secretly dating a year 11 as he wanted it kept a secret. He’d insult me if asked about us. We were in a class room that was used as the packed lunch room after school during a drama event. His year 7 sister was there.

We were kissing and he started putting his hands and mouth under my clothes. I didn’t know what was happening and was too scared to say anything. He only stopped when his sister saw a teacher coming.

I never spoke up for fear of seeming ‘frigid’.

I was a child.”

Maker: Antonia Charlesworth Stack

*** Redacted (safeguarding)

They cornered me

Sexual Assault

Name: B
Age:
12
Location:
Highfield Road Park

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“I was on the park with boys who I went to school with and who I thought were my friends. They cornered me in a metal tube on the park and tried to lift my top up and touch me. I managed to kick one and I ran all the way home. I didn’t tell anyone as I didn’t want to get in to trouble for being on the park.

I had to see these boys for years at school.”

Maker: Joe Booth

He tried to drag me with him, saying “Come on, come home with me.”

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 53
Location: Outside the Regent

“I was physically grabbed by a man who was heavily under the influence of alcohol outside the Regent. On this occasion, it was raining, I had my umbrella up and didn’t see the man until he literally threw his arms around me and tried to drag me with him, saying “Come on, come home with me”.

I was lucky that there were people nearby who had seen what happened and got him off me.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

I gave in because he was hurting me

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 21
Location: Brannigans, Bank Hey St

“A man had a deflated blow up saxophone, he held both ends and kept looping it round me. I ducked out of it twice and he kept grabbing me and pulling me back. I gave in because he was hurting me. He kissed me. I tried to make eye contact with a staff member but couldn’t. His mate told him to leave me alone.
I ran.”

Maker: Antonia Charlesworth Stack

A man in a car pulled over to the pavement and asked the younger girls if they wanted to have sex

Sexual Harassment

Name: Anon
Age: 15
Location: Cookson Street

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“I was babysitting two girls roughly between the ages of 8-10 years.

A man in a car pulled over to the pavement and asked the younger girls if they wanted to have sex.

I immediately shouted at him and took them both into the nearest shop to be away from the man.”

Maker: Annie Rhodes

Guess he hadn’t realised I was with people

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 19
Location: Bank Hey Street near McDonald’s

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“I was walking behind my friends, a man grabbed me and held me against a wall by my neck. He was groping at my dress and trying to shove a hand underneath.

My friend turned back and he released me and shoved me away. Guess he hadn’t realised I was with people as slightly behind them. I was frozen stiff the whole time.

Told my friend I was fine. Never told them what happened.”

Maker: Kelly Gorrie

I was too scared to say anything back and walked away

Intimidation

Name: Anon
Age: 53
Location:
Lainés Bakery, Church St

“I was walking home in the afternoon. Two teenage boys came out of Lainés bakery eating pies and one threw a paper bag on the floor. I saw him do this, but didn’t say anything. He walked towards me, stood in front of me and just screamed in my face. I was too scared to say anything back and walked away. I heard his friend ask him why he had done that. He said “Cos she looked at me after I chucked the bag.”

Maker: Norma Foulds