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.”
“ I was in town in my school uniform, it was dark in winter and the shops had closed, I was waiting to be picked up by my mum. A man followed me through town.
I started to take strange routes to lose him but he followed me everywhere.
I went into a phone box to pretend to call home but I didn’t have any money. He waited outside. When I didn’t know what else to do I left the phone box and ran, he started to chase me. I banged on the the window of a shop, it was called Etam at the time, on Church Street, and I was really lucky that the lady let me come in and phone my mum.”
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.”
“I was walking home from work late at night when a man started shouting at me aggressively (other side of the road from the Belle Vue). He was clearly intoxicated. I crossed the road and asked the bouncers if I could go into the Belle Vue to use the c cabs phone at the door to ring a taxi.
The bouncers would not let me in without ID. I begged them to let me use the C Cabs phone and was crying at this point and asked if they would even accompany me to the phone to make sure I wasn’t “sneaking in” but they still refused and appeared to find the whole situation amusing. I believe that the bouncers presumed that I knew the man by the way that he was shouting at me, and must have thought it was some kind of domestic, but they still should have helped me.
The drunk man at this point had crossed the road so I ran into the Sainsbury’s next door. I asked the Sainsbury’s bouncer if he had a phone, to which he said no, but when I explained what was happening he did find a member of staff who had a phone to help me call a taxi and I was able to wait inside the shop until one came.”
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!”
Name: Anon Age: 34 Location: Blackpool Police Station
“Walking down the road two men pulled over in a van and asked me where I was going. I told them I wasn’t willing to talk and they began to speak aggressively. I wanted to turn and walk away from the traffic however luckily they drove away.”