I told them I was a child and they said “even better”

Sexual Harassment

Name: Anon
Age: 14
Location: A tram stop opposite the Tower

“A group of men on a stag do approached me and asked me to have sex with me/ take me back to their hotel room. I told them I was a child and they said “even better”. I usually use to wear a full face of makeup, but that day I was wearing none and probably looked more like a 12 year old than a 14 year old.”

Maker: Catherine Mugonyi

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

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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).

He was touching himself

Sexual Harassment

Name: B
Age: 11
Location:
Coming home from school

“On the way home from school, a man used to watch my friends and I. Sometimes he would knock on the window, other times he would just stand there. A couple of months went by and he started wearing no top and then one time he had his penis in his hand and was touching himself. We told our parents and walked another way home. It did turn out that he had mental health problems.”

Maker: Kate Doran

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

I stood there trapped

Sexual Assault

Name: Anon
Age: 20
Location: Victoria Hospital

“I was a third year student nurse when a doctor on the ward used to make me stand next to him to hold equipment whilst he carried out procedures. He would then proceed to rub his crotch up against me as I stood there trapped, holding something important and therefore unable to move.”

Maker: Michelina Gianfrancesco

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

When I glanced in his car he had his trousers and underpants completely off

Sexual Harassment

Name: Roxanne
Age: 13
Location: Leach Lane, St Anne’s

“I was walking to school, in uniform, and a man in a yellow Saxo kept driving past me, he stopped at the bus stop I was headed to and when I glanced in his car he had his trousers and underpants completely off and was masturbating. I was scared and walked to the next stop.”

Maker: Katya Lawder