No way have I just been groped by a 14 year boy

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Name: Charlie
Age: 
Not stated
Location:
 McDonalds, Friargate

@cmcgill_21: “No way have I just been groped by a 14 year boy in maccies in Preston”

@spaceyteej: “@shelbygardner find this boy”

@shelbygardner: “mate it’s nothing new here. It’s ridiculous”

@spaceyteej: “Ew Gross.”

Maker: Kellie Gorrie

Preston artworks commissioned by Arts Lancashire as part of Lancashire Arts Exchange

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

They cornered me

Sexual Assault

Name: B
Age:
12
Location:
Highfield Road Park

Crochet with fringing and pompoms

“I was on the park with boys who I went to school with and who I thought were my friends. They cornered me in a metal tube on the park and tried to lift my top up and touch me. I managed to kick one and I ran all the way home. I didn’t tell anyone as I didn’t want to get in to trouble for being on the park.

I had to see these boys for years at school.”

Maker: Joe Booth

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