He was asking if we wanted to party, trying to get us to go with him back to his flat

Intimidation

Name: Anon
Age: 15
Location: Between Reads Ave and Palatine Rd

“My friend and I were walking to the cinema when an older man came running across the road to us and was asking what our names were, how old were we, where we were going. He was asking if we wanted to party, trying to get us to go with him back to his flat, said it was nearby and he had friends there who would love to meet us. We were a bit freaked out and intimidated so had the sense to keep walking.”

Maker: Kate Doran

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

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

I was on my own, he was not taking no for an answer

Followed

Name: Anon
Age: 20
Location: Church Street, near the Salvation Army, heading towards town

“I was walking to work around mid morning when an older lad I’d never met before on bike started riding alongside me. He made sure to keep to my pace and rode very close, asking things like “So do you to get it on or what?” He made me feel very uncomfortable as I didn’t know him, I was on my own, he was not taking no for an answer, and I didn’t know how long he would follow me, if he’d see where I worked, would he be waiting when I left…?
Thankfully he left me alone when I got into the main part of town.”

Maker: Michelina Gianfrancesco