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

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).

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

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