This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.





Demanding Justice

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Overworked CPS rape units 'unable to investigate crimes properly'

Protest against CAFCASS and NSPCC participation in Families Need Fathers (FNF) conference 14 Oct.
Ten people took part in the protest called by Legal Action for Women and Women Against Rape. Watch it here:
FNF replied saying that they are a “reputable charity” but did not address domestic violence or any of the other issues raised. An FNF man confronted the picket saying that ‘more children are killed by their mothers than by their fathers’.
To date we have received no reply to our Open Letter to CAFCASS and NSPCC from either organisation.

Support women's rights protesters in Poland, whose offices were raided by State officials who confiscated files. Sign this petition - NO to intimidation of women’s rights organisations!

Five Live Investigates - Sex Abuse Compensation, 1 Oct 2017 go to
Criminal Injuries Compensation - letter to Justice Secretary
Sign this important petition against the 'Same Roof rule' - which prevents victims getting compensation if they lived in the same house as their attacker before 1 October 1979 

Support not Separation - A new coalition to tackle the prejudices against mothers in the family court system - more info at Another protest to follow on 2 August at 12.30, Central Family Court, Holborn. All welcome!
Lively protest at family court 8 March - Independent film & article here. Part of International Women's Strike

Against changing the law to give men accused of rape anonymity - Report Stage debate in House of Lords 12 December. We are pleased to announce that we won this battle so far, the House of Lords voted it down.

Hundreds of police officers accused of sexual abuse

Thanks to Manic Pixie Dream Girls for raising money for WAR at Edinburgh Festival

Please support Layla's campaign: Facebook campaign, You Tube interview & petition

Film report from Shirley Oaks Survivors Association with whistleblowers. Please support this important campaign for justice
We have to deliver justice - Guardian report by Nick Hopkins 21 Oct 2016

High Court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted, Guardian 1 Aug
background to the case: Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation report in Guardian 31 May

Evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on prostitution

Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court - a play about an historic trial Trailer
Tribune review by Cary Gee
Photos  Guardian article by Owen Bowcott

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An ex soldier appeals to survivors to get in touch
'Military rape is like being abused by your family’

False allegations or miscarriages of justice?


High Court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted, Guardian 1 Aug

Turning victims into criminals - article in Socialist Lawyer

Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout

Report: Jail Rapists not Rape Victims meeting in House of Commons 2014
Media coverage


Layla's story: jailed after reporting a sexual assault Guardian

Please support Layla's campaign: Facebook campaign 
You Tube interview & petition

 on this campaign

Asylum from Rape

Erioth Mwesigwa
released! But still fighting for the right to stay . . .

Erioth Mwesigwa’s case refused – more help needed . . .
Thanks to the 100s of people who wrote in support
of Ms Mwesigwa, a victim of multiple rape by soldiers
in Uganda, targeted because her husband, a
prominent local politician, was suspected of opposing
the President . . .  Ms Mwesigwa is still in great danger
and needs your help to demand the Home Secretary
allows her the right to an appeal in the UK.
Ms Mwesigwa is a dedicated member of the
All African Women’s Group which has organized
a protest this Monday outside the Home Office . . .



Home Office refuses to reveal

whether women in Yarl's Wood

have been raped in case it

'damages the commercial

interestsof companies,

The Independent, 12 June 2016  

. . . Our response on RT


Transnational day of action to close detention centres - 
We've had eneough - End Detention Now! Sat 7 May,
simultaneous demonstrations across the UK and in several
other countries are being held at eight detention centres to
demand their closure.
British Library, 96 Euston Rd NW1 2DB  

Briefing Against the Immigration Bill 2015 
Opposition to the Immigration Bill continues to grow.
In February, Lord Ramsbotham called for the bill to be
withdrawn or suspended to allow proper consideration of
a government commissioned report . . .

'Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight
against rape'
- published on UN Day for the elimination
of violence against women


jcdsc06136jcresized.jpgShut Down Yarl's Wood
& all Detention Centres:
Protest and Speak Out
15th June Report


Report by anti-rape campaigners, sent to all MPs, documents complaints from current and former detainees at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre


Guardian article ... Dossier calling for Yarl’s Wood closure chronicles decade of abuse complaints




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Success stories & testimonies from survivors

Self-Help Guide for survivors

_55243921_jex_1162034_de27-1.jpgJustice is Your Right - A Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape & sexual assault & their supporters. Download it or read more here

From a user: "Thank you for the brilliant self-help guide... It was only once I had read it, that I could fully come to terms with the fact that what happened to me was rape." More

We are here because . . .

We are here becauseWe are here because . . . is an inspiring and moving collection of online video and other testimonies, filmed, recorded, edited and produced by Black/women of colour, as part of an ongoing BWRAP project . . . more

No to anonymity for men accused of rape

On rape allegations against Julian Assange

500px-wikileaks_logo.svg_.pngWAR comment on UN decision, Today programme Radio 4

We are Women Against Rape but we do not want Julian Assange extradited


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In 70% - 90 % of rapes the victim knew the rapist, and in approx. 50 % of cases, the rapist was a partner or ex-partner. 

Of Black women, nearly 1 in 8 has suffered racist sexual assault.

98% of domestic violence is not reported to the police.

An estimated 70% of women seeking asylum in Britain have fled rape.

Only 5.6% of domestic violence ends in conviction. 

23% (almost 1 in 4) of all women in the UK (over 16) have been raped.

One to two women a week are murdered by their partner or ex-partner.

1 in 4 rape survivors have been raped more than 4 times.

A third of women in Britain have suffered domestic violence.

Approximately 85% of all rapes are not reported.

Only 6.5% of reported rapes end in conviction. Crime in general conviction rate is 34%.

One in four teenage girls has experienced violence in a relationship and one in 16 have been raped.