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 and protection from the Police and CPS

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: prejudice and politics shape a rape case again

In the Media

If the prosecution against DSK is dropped, the myth that women, not men, lie about rape will prevail once more


Katrin Axelsson, Sunday 3 July 2011





Start and End Dates

d_reasonably_small.jpgWAR will be taking part in the Slutwalk on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, London, and speaking at the rally.

In January, police officer Michael Sanguinetti told students at a Toronto Law School that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised." Thousands of women protested in the first Slutwalk in Toronto. Their manifesto said: "We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault."


Response to Ken Clarke in Evening Standard, 20 May 2011

In the Media

Ken Clarke's comments, were arrogant and ignorant. It took us 15 years of campaigning to get the law to recognise that rape in marriage is a crime, that sex without consent is rape whatever the relationship with the attacker. The injury and suffering that
result are not less just because you know your assailant. It was also outrageous of Clarke to mix up consenting sex between teenagers with rape.
The sentence for a supposed false allegation of rape is three or four years - more than the Justice Secretary appears to want now as the punishment for some rape.
Reducing the prison population is a laudable aim but why not cut sentences for non-violent offences? 70 per cent of prisoners are there for non-violent crimes. Over 60 per cent of women prisoners are mothers, the majority jailed for crimes of poverty such as petty theft or sex work.

Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape


Raped policeman: 'I never thought I would be a victim'

In the Media

A detective investigating sexual assaults was devastated when he himself was raped. But he grew even more angry when police colleagues insisted on investigating the crime. Here he tells his tale anonymously
by Amelia Hill, Monday 4 April 2011

I've been a police officer for two decades and a detective, specialising in serious crime and sexual offences, for 15 years. Never once in all the time I've investigated these horrific crimes has it occurred to me that one day I would be a victim; that I would be raped – and that I would refuse to help the police investigate.


You encouraged my daughter go to court

Success story

March 28, 2011

I am writing this letter to thank WAR and particularly Sally for the support my daughter and I received during a very difficult time in her life.

The rape, the medical consequences, the threats of retaliation from the assailants family and friends, all the positive outpouring of support avenues and working with the MET were the biggest things I have ever dealt with as a parent.... and my daughter was devastated and overwhelmed by everything going on around her.

I used all the resources I was offered as best I could. Counselling, court visits, lots of phone calls to friends and family. As the time for the trial approached my daughter could not seem to decide to testify. It was intensely painful for her. She knew she wanted to but all the thoughts of what that meant would convince her otherwise.


PRESS RELEASE: Rape survivors join Mothers March

In the Media


For interviews: Lisa on 0207 482 2496
Date: Saturday 12 March
Assembly point: 12 noon Trafalgar Sq (north side), London
Speak-out: 2pm SOAS

Women Against Rape will be hoisting our banner on the Mothers March and taking part in the Speak-out, naming our work of fighting for justice for ourselves, our daughters and other rape survivors.


Women question the unusual zeal in pursuing Julian Assange for rape allegations

In the Media

Letters, Guardian 9 December 2010

Many women in both Sweden and Britain will wonder at the unusual zeal with which Julian Assange is being pursued for rape allegations (Report, 8 December). Women in Sweden don't fare better than we do in Britain when it comes to rape. Though Sweden has the highest per capita number of reported rapes in Europe and these have quadrupled in the last 20 years, conviction rates have decreased. On 23 April 2010 Carina Hägg and Nalin Pekgul (respectively MP and chairwoman of Social Democratic Women in Sweden) wrote in the Göteborgs-Posten that "up to 90% of all reported rapes never get to court. In 2006 six people were convicted of rape though almost 4,000 people were reported". They endorsed Amnesty International's call for an independent inquiry to examine the rape cases that had been closed and the quality of the original investigations.


My experience of using a video link to give evidence in court, by Anushka

I am a survivor of rape and sexual assault, which happened in 2008. It went to court in September 2009, and although I had been threatened by the man’s relatives several times and reported this to the police, they did nothing.

Before the trial the police told me I could give evidence from behind a screen in the courtroom. Or that I could give evidence from a different room using a video link. They didn’t ask me which I preferred, but I said I was prepared to go into court to give evidence. I was not scared of seeing my attacker, but I felt apprehensive about the trial, because I had heard about harsh questioning and humiliation in such trials of women who have been raped.

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