He started to chase me

Followed

Name: Aishley
Age:
16
Location:
Church Street

“ I was in town in my school uniform, it was dark in winter and the shops had closed, I was waiting to be picked up by my mum. A man followed me through town.

I started to take strange routes to lose him but he followed me everywhere.

I went into a phone box to pretend to call home but I didn’t have any money. He waited outside.
When I didn’t know what else to do I left the phone box and ran, he started to chase me. I banged on the the window of a shop, it was called Etam at the time, on Church Street, and I was really lucky that the lady let me come in and phone my mum.”

Maker: Linda Copeland

I never spoke up for fear of seeming ‘frigid’

Sexual Assault

Name: AE
Age: 12
Location: ***
Date: 2000

“I was in year 8, secretly dating a year 11 as he wanted it kept a secret. He’d insult me if asked about us. We were in a class room that was used as the packed lunch room after school during a drama event. His year 7 sister was there.

We were kissing and he started putting his hands and mouth under my clothes. I didn’t know what was happening and was too scared to say anything. He only stopped when his sister saw a teacher coming.

I never spoke up for fear of seeming ‘frigid’.

I was a child.”

Maker: Antonia Charlesworth Stack

*** Redacted (safeguarding)

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

He tried to drag me with him, saying “Come on, come home with me.”

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 53
Location: Outside the Regent

“I was physically grabbed by a man who was heavily under the influence of alcohol outside the Regent. On this occasion, it was raining, I had my umbrella up and didn’t see the man until he literally threw his arms around me and tried to drag me with him, saying “Come on, come home with me”.

I was lucky that there were people nearby who had seen what happened and got him off me.”

Maker: Norma Foulds

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

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 gave in because he was hurting me

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 21
Location: Brannigans, Bank Hey St

“A man had a deflated blow up saxophone, he held both ends and kept looping it round me. I ducked out of it twice and he kept grabbing me and pulling me back. I gave in because he was hurting me. He kissed me. I tried to make eye contact with a staff member but couldn’t. His mate told him to leave me alone.
I ran.”

Maker: Antonia Charlesworth Stack

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