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

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!”

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

Guess he hadn’t realised I was with people

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 19
Location: Bank Hey Street near McDonald’s

Embroidered Kate Bush Lyric with crocheted flowers

“I was walking behind my friends, a man grabbed me and held me against a wall by my neck. He was groping at my dress and trying to shove a hand underneath.

My friend turned back and he released me and shoved me away. Guess he hadn’t realised I was with people as slightly behind them. I was frozen stiff the whole time.

Told my friend I was fine. Never told them what happened.”

Maker: Kelly Gorrie

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