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.”
Large groups of drunk men shouting at you when you are alone is terrifying
Name: Anon Age: 20 Location: Central Drive/ Bonny St
“I worked in town from the age of 16 to 21. Every summer I would walk to or from work at various times as I worked shifts. I was wearing work trousers and no makeup and my hair tied up. Every single summer I would reach the area of Central drive daily around Bonny Street and braced myself.
Stag nights, crowds of men, single drunk men would make lewd comments, step in front of me and block my way, grab my arm and when I refused to engage would start shouting abuse and laughing.
This happened to me from the age of 16 onwards, regularly. This was scary and I would try to walk as quickly and forcefully through this area as I could but it didn’t stop the comments, shouting etc. This wouldn’t happen if I was with a male colleague or friend but would if they were female. Large groups of drunk men shouting at you when you are alone is terrifying.”
The shop manager asked what he had said then shrugged it off
Name: C Age: 16 Location: Scope charity shop, Abingdon St
“I was volunteering in a charity shop for D of E.
A man came into the shop and kept staring at me and persistently trying to speak to me. About 20 mins later, there was a phone call for me. The same man had gone out to one of the phone boxes on Abingdon St and (remembering my name from my badge) had called the shop and started asking really disgusting sexual questions.
The shop manager asked what he had said then shrugged it off.”
He carried on looking at me and I stuck my finger up at him
Name: Anon Age: 34 Location: Little Asda, Cherry Tree Road
“I noticed the man looking at me in Iceland. Once we were out the shop he went to his van as I began to walk down the street. The man was driving in the van and slowing as I was walking toward the van at the opposite of the road. He carried on looking at me and I stuck my finger up at him. He then shouted and called me a ‘Fucking whore’.”
I quickly headed towards a well lit area hoping to find other people to feel safe
Name: Anon Age: 17 Location: St John’s Square
“Walking home in the early hours from a friends house, a car containing three men pulled up beside me and the man in the passenger seat asked if I was out on my own at night for a reason. I ignored the car and walked faster, and the car followed me. The man offered me money if I wanted to go for a ride with them. The man in the back and the driver made some frightening sexual comments. I changed direction so the car would have to turn to follow me and I quickly headed towards a well lit area hoping to find other people to feel safe. The car drove off.”
I was shocked, but walked away as he was really angry
Name: Anon Age: 53 Location: Outside Cash Converters, Church St
“I was walking away from town on my lunch break. A man walked out of cash converters looking at his phone and not looking at the street. I swerved to avoid bumping into him, but we bumped arms. I said something like “Whoops” as it was no one’s fault – just one of those things, but he yelled at me:
“You stupid bitch, watch where you are going. Stupid bitch, are you blind?”
I was shocked, but walked away as he was really angry. He continued to shout at me as I walked down Church St.
“Stupid bitch – should have gone to Specsavers,” repeatedly until I was way past St John’s school. The street was busy, but no one intervened. It was a completely over the top reaction on his part which left me shaken, especially as I had been physically grabbed by a drunk man only days before.”
I didn’t know what to say at the time and my friends just laughed
Name: B Age: 16 Location: A shop on Waterloo Road
“I went to a local shop and was asked by the man behind the counter if I wanted to sit on his fingers and swivel. I didn’t know what to say at the time and my friends just laughed. I didn’t go in the shop again.”
He was watching us play
Name: Anon Age: 10 Location: Claremont Park
“A man was sat next to the playground showing and touching his penis while watching us play.”
A man leaned out and shouted
Name: Elizabeth Wilkinson Age: 42 Location: Near the Metropole
I walked along the street at 12 noon on a Monday, and a car pulled up alongside me and a man leaned out and shouted “Give us a blowie!”
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.”
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.”
Name: Elaine Age: 47 Location: Cycle path to Blackpool Zoo
“A man with dogs shouted at me to turn down my bicycle light, he was standing in the middle of the path which made it difficult to pass him, my light isn’t bright or aimed straight at him, I’ve never had anyone else shout at me like this. He was a large man and I found it intimidating”