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

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

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 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 was watching us play

Catcalling and Verbal Abuse, Followed, Harassment & Assault, Intimidation, Sexual Harassment

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!”

He was touching himself

Sexual Harassment

Name: B
Age: 11
Location:
Coming home from school

“On the way home from school, a man used to watch my friends and I. Sometimes he would knock on the window, other times he would just stand there. A couple of months went by and he started wearing no top and then one time he had his penis in his hand and was touching himself. We told our parents and walked another way home. It did turn out that he had mental health problems.”

Maker: Kate Doran

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

Felt heart and embroidery

“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

When I glanced in his car he had his trousers and underpants completely off

Sexual Harassment

Name: Roxanne
Age: 13
Location: Leach Lane, St Anne’s

“I was walking to school, in uniform, and a man in a yellow Saxo kept driving past me, he stopped at the bus stop I was headed to and when I glanced in his car he had his trousers and underpants completely off and was masturbating. I was scared and walked to the next stop.”

Maker: Katya Lawder