He sped up and slowed down when I did

Followed

Name: Anon
Age: 27
Location:
Houndshill Shopping Centre

“I was followed for at least 10 minutes by a man who did not try to hide what he was doing. He sped up and slowed down when I did, he took every turn and entered every shop I did. My fear and panic clouded everything and even in a shopping centre full of people I felt incredibly vulnerable, especially knowing I was going to need to leave, stand at a bus stop, take a 20+ minute bus ride, then walk to my home. A moment of clarity made me enter a shop and he watched me through the glass front window. I spoke to a member of staff, and he disappeared immediately – which meant I wasn’t taken overly seriously, but at least made me feel confident for long enough to leave town.”

Maker: Katya Lawder

He would chat to us, ask us questions which progressively got more personal

Sexual Harassment

Name: B
Age: 14
Location: ***
Date: 1997

“My friends and I use to hang around the front of the school and the *** use to come on the school grounds around the same time of first break every day. Over about a month he would chat to us, ask us questions which progressively got more personal.

Then he started to invite us out and round his house. He told us about massive penis and all the things he could do. Before this we thought he was just being nice but after this we found somewhere else to hang out.” 

Maker: Joe Booth

*** Redacted (safeguarding).

I told police outside the venue who went inside to look to no avail

Sexual Assault

Name: N
Age: 22
Location: Walkabout

“Dancing on the dance floor, a male came behind me and put his arms underneath mine and forcefully grabbed my breasts and squeezed very hard. I told police outside the venue who went inside to look to no avail.
I logged a report with an officer the next day. CCTV was looked at.
Nothing found and consequently no action taken.”

Maker: Carla Wilson

I didn’t even think of reporting it to anyone

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 17
Location: Layton Road

“I was walking to 6th form at about 8.30am. 2 school age boys walking in the opposite direction stopped me and grabbed my breasts, then walked away laughing.

I didn’t even think of reporting it to anyone, but I was really shaken and am still wary when passing groups of boys even to this day.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

They crossed the road and blocked my path

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 14
Location: Near Asda, Cherry Tree Rd

“I was cycling to Asda, wearing a vest top as it warm, I cycled towards two men and realised they were looking at my chest, they crossed the road and blocked my path forcing me to cycle through as one of them grabbed my breast, I carried on and went to Asda.”

Maker: Stephanie Cottle