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

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

The bouncers presumed that I knew the man by the way that he was shouting at me

Harassment & Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 23
Location: Whitegate Drive
Date: 2019


“I was walking home from work late at night when a man started shouting at me aggressively (other side of the road from the Belle Vue). He was clearly intoxicated. I crossed the road and asked the bouncers if I could go into the Belle Vue to use the c cabs phone at the door to ring a taxi.

The bouncers would not let me in without ID. I begged them to let me use the C Cabs phone and was crying at this point and asked if they would even accompany me to the phone to make sure I wasn’t “sneaking in” but they still refused and appeared to find the whole situation amusing. I believe that the bouncers presumed that I knew the man by the way that he was shouting at me, and must have thought it was some kind of domestic, but they still should have helped me.

The drunk man at this point had crossed the road so I ran into the Sainsbury’s next door. I asked the Sainsbury’s bouncer if he had a phone, to which he said no, but when I explained what was happening he did find a member of staff who had a phone to help me call a taxi and I was able to wait inside the shop until one came.”

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).

A man slowed down his truck, leaned out the window

Catcalling and Verbal Abuse

Name: B
Age: 21
Location: Lytham Rd

“Walking home from the shops heavily pregnant, a man slowed down his truck, leaned out the window, heckled me shouting, “Oi love, yes you, show us your tits!”

I stood dumbfounded and then gave him the finger.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

To the amusement of other male customers and male colleagues

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: Not stated
Location: A pub

“I was sexually harassed by a customer in a pub I was waitressing in. The man made sexual comments towards me and then persisted by slapping my bum to the amusement of other male customers and male colleagues.

On the same day he tried to put his hand up my skirt.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

As a young teenager I was followed by a man in a van

Followed

Name: Kate
Age:
13
Location:
Highfield Road

“On two separate occasions as a young teenager I was followed by a man in a van. They attempted to chat to me while driving along side me from the Highfield Rd area towards my home at the time off Arnold Ave. They were asking for directions at first and asking me to get in and direct them, following me trying to have a conversation with me generally harassing me and making me feel very scared.”

Maker: Kelly Gorrie

He was staring at us and started masturbating

Sexual Harassment

Name: Anon
Age: 14
Location:
On a bus

“I got on the number 14 bus on the way home from school with two of my friends. We went upstairs on our own where a much older man was sat on his own.

He was staring at us and started masturbating, at the time we thought it was quite funny because we were young and didn’t know any better but as I’ve gotten older I realise how disgusting that man was.

Sadly, that’s only one of many stories I have as a young woman growing up in Blackpool.”

Maker: Joe Booth