He was asking if we wanted to party, trying to get us to go with him back to his flat

Intimidation

Name: Anon
Age: 15
Location: Between Reads Ave and Palatine Rd

“My friend and I were walking to the cinema when an older man came running across the road to us and was asking what our names were, how old were we, where we were going. He was asking if we wanted to party, trying to get us to go with him back to his flat, said it was nearby and he had friends there who would love to meet us. We were a bit freaked out and intimidated so had the sense to keep walking.”

Maker: Kate Doran

I told them I was a child and they said “even better”

Sexual Harassment

Name: Anon
Age: 14
Location: A tram stop opposite the Tower

“A group of men on a stag do approached me and asked me to have sex with me/ take me back to their hotel room. I told them I was a child and they said “even better”. I usually use to wear a full face of makeup, but that day I was wearing none and probably looked more like a 12 year old than a 14 year old.”

Maker: Catherine Mugonyi

No way have I just been groped by a 14 year boy

Uncategorized

Name: Charlie
Age: 
Not stated
Location:
 McDonalds, Friargate

@cmcgill_21: “No way have I just been groped by a 14 year boy in maccies in Preston”

@spaceyteej: “@shelbygardner find this boy”

@shelbygardner: “mate it’s nothing new here. It’s ridiculous”

@spaceyteej: “Ew Gross.”

Maker: Kellie Gorrie

Preston artworks commissioned by Arts Lancashire as part of Lancashire Arts Exchange

I’m the unfortunate one that it’s happened to

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 
18
Location:
 Outside Miller Arcade

“I had been out celebrating the end of my exams with friends. I saw a group of three men outside Manyana in Preston. One approached me and put his hand up my skirt and I told him to go away. The men followed me and friends to Browns and we all began dancing on the dance floor. I went to the toilet, at about 1:30am and when I turned around, he was stood there and the door was shut. I think I was arguing with him. 

After he attacked me, I ran back into the club screaming, I found a police officer outside and begged him to take me to a police station. I wouldn’t let anybody anywhere near me.

It’s been really hard. I blamed myself at first and wouldn’t go out but I’m now having counselling. My parents did not want me to return to university, but I went back because I can’t let one person ruin everything. Everyone is the same and thinks, ‘Oh I can go out and drink as much as I want and it’s never going to happen to me,’ but I’m the unfortunate one that it’s happened to. 

I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

Preston artworks commissioned by Arts Lancashire as part of Lancashire Arts Exchange

A man approached us and made sexual remarks

Sexual Harassment

Name: Anon
Age: 
Under 16
Location:
 Lancaster Road

“I was on my way home from school with my friend and we were sat at a bus stop on Lancaster Road.
A man approached us and made sexual remarks. He asked us if we would have sex with him and kept trying to convince us to come home with him.
Luckily the bus arrived and we got on. When we got home, we decided to phone the police.”

Maker: Louise Ashcroft, Joe Booth & Charlie Ashton

ton artworks commissioned by Arts Lancashire as part of Lancashire Arts Exchange

I was 14 and he said he didn’t mind and pushed for me to go back to see him

Sexual Harassment

Name: A.E.
Age: 14
Location:
Lytham Green

“I was asked by a middle aged man if I liked the ride he ran. I’d been on a few times as it was fun and I did like it, it was painted with a Harley Davidson design and went really fast.

He said if I went to the fair again the next day he’d give me a free ride. I declined saying I was 14 and he said he didn’t mind and pushed for me to go back to see him. He refused to accept my age saying I was too sexy to be so young.

I told my mum later and she said the fair was closed the next day. She wasn’t surprised at what’d been said.”

Maker: Michelina Gianfrancesco

He lunged forward and forced his hands between my legs

Sexual Assault

Name: Kate Doran
Age: 27
Location: Central Drive / Waterloo Rd

“After dropping my daughter off at school in the morning I went to the bus stop to get the bus home. I was dressed in leggings and a baggy jumper and coat. I had headphone in and was looking at my phone, something I do to discourage unwanted male conversations.

A man walked past and stopped, he interrupted me to ask me the time and when I moved my hands to take out my earphones he lunged forward and forced his hands between my legs. I pushed him off me and ran away crying to phone my mum and then on her advice called the police.”

Maker: Kate Doran

Luckily they drove away

Intimidation

Name: Anon
Age: 34
Location: Blackpool Police Station

“Walking down the road two men pulled over in a van and asked me where I was going. I told them I wasn’t willing to talk and they began to speak aggressively. I wanted to turn and walk away from the traffic however luckily they drove away.”

Maker: Catherine Mason