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

Demanding Justice and protection (Police and CPS)

Name and shame

Only 4% of reported rapes end in conviction.
According to the latest HMIC report (2015) for England & Wales reports of rape have risen dramatically:
a) In 2010 -11 there were 9,856 reported rapes.
b) In 2014-15 nearly 20,000 rapes were recorded.
c) Police no-crimed on average 10% of reports, ie they were not recorded. They have recently been relabelled cancelled or transferred crimes.
d) In 2014-15, only 6,159 of the reports were referred to the CPS (compared to 8,130 in 2010-11).  
e) Only 12% of recorded adult rapes led to a charge or summons in 2014-15. The rate is almost double when the victim is a child, 23%.
f) Only about 4% of reported cases were prosecuted.
g) two to three women a week are murdered by partners or ex-partners. The conviction rate for domestic violence is similar to that for rape.

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Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

In the Media

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist
The research found a 65% rise in the number of children that are separated from their parents since 2001.

Sandra Laville, The Guardian
Wednesday 18 January 2017 07.00 GMTLast modified on Wednesday 18 January 2017 07.01 GMT

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Children and Social Work Bill - submission to the Bill Committee

Submission to the Public Bill Committee on Children and Social Work Bill
from Women Against Rape 12 December 2016

Summary
We have already expressed our concerns about this Bill as part of a joint submission to the Public Bill Committee made together with Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Global Women’s Strike, Legal Action for Women and Single Mothers Self Defence. However we want to draw particular attention to the situation faced by victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Hundreds of police in England and Wales accused of sexual abuse

In the Media

The Guardian by Jamie Grierson, Thursday 8 December 2016
Watchdog says abuse of victims and suspects is most serious corruption issue facing police service

Domestic abuse victims, alcohol and drug addicts, sex workers and arrested suspects were among those targeted by officers and staff, HMIC said.

Hundreds of police officers are being accused of sexually abusing victims and suspects in what a senior police watchdog has called “the most serious corruption issue facing the service”.

Forces across England and Wales received 436 allegations of abuse of power for sexual gain against 306 police officers, 20 police community support officers and eight staff in the two years to March but inspectors believe the problem is even more prevalent than the numbers suggest.

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'We have to deliver justice': the man who fought for the survivors of Shirley Oaks

In the Media

Of all the scandals covered by the child abuse inquiry, the story of Shirley Oaks care home is among the most shocking. Now one former resident is helping others to tell their stories

The people who live there now call it Shirley Oaks Village; it’s an unusually large estate, with lots of new homes, woodland and flat, open fields.

At first glance, nobody would guess it had a past.

There are hints of it on the plaques outside some of the bigger, older properties. Now divided into flats, they were once the heart of a community – and the names of these houses (Birch, Aster, Ivy, The Lodge) may yet become synonymous with cruelty, child abuse, incompetence and cover-up.

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Children and Social Work Bill

Dear friends

Below is our letter to MPs. Please write ASAP to your MP and other MPs you may have a relationship with, to urge them to delete or amend the worst aspects of this Bill. While families are impoverished under austerity cuts, children are increasingly being removed rather than mothers given protection, resources and support to enable their children to stay with them. You can use some of our points if you want to, or write your own.

There is increasing opposition to this Bill, please urge your MP to also sign Early Day Motion 626 Children’s Social Care against the privatisation of child services.

Please send us a copy of any letters you write.
Nicola Mann
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Dear MP

Re: Children and Social Work Bill - second reading in the House of Commons, 5 December

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Heatstreet article distorts whistleblowers meeting

International News

Women Against Rape was at the meeting in parliament in March 2015 called by Compassion In Care to get support for Edna's Law as a way of protecting people who 'blow the whistle' and are victimised as a result.

We all spoke briefly about our personal experiences of being a whistleblower. We then had a general discussion about what could be done to protect people who report abuse, to ensure that they kept their jobs and that the abuses they were reporting were investigated properly by the relevant authorities.

At no point that we are aware of before, during or at the end of the meeting did anyone ask John McDonnell to get involved in their individual case. Many people described their own cases on which they were working, including Ms Cameron-Blair. As is clear from the audio recording, she, like the rest of us, addressed her comments to the whole meeting; it was not a one to one conversation with Mr McDonnell.

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Attorney General to look at evidence of women's sexual history being raised in court

In the Media

Press comment from WAR, 27 October 2016

We welcome the proposals by Attorney General to look again at Section 41, and at judges’ training and instruction to juries.

Women Against Rape has campaigned on this issue for many years, to get the law changed so that a woman’s sexual history with men other than the defendant is disallowed. But when the law was introduced in 1999 it did not make that distinction. Section 41 left a number of openings for barristers to continue to raise her sexual history.

We don’t know how often this particular clause in Section 41 is being used – only this one has been publicised. The Ched Evans case has had wide publicity because he is a celebrity footballer and has wealth and social power. We suspect this influenced the decision to allow this woman’s sexual history to be raised.

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Faiza Ahmed pleas for help went unheeded

In the Media

Faiza Ahmed - how one woman's cries for help went unheeded, Guardian 6 Feb 2016 

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