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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Overworked CPS rape units 'unable to investigate crimes properly'

In the Media

Excerpt from The Times, 20 Oct 2017 Hannah Summers, Alexi Mostrous

Although the number of rape convictions rose from 2,689 to 2,991 between 2015 and 2016, the overall conviction rate fell from 57.9 per cent to 57.6 per cent over the period. . . .

One senior crown court judge told The Times that the CPS’s Rasso units — specialist groups charged with investigating rapes and serious sexual assaults — often had too few resources to investigate. “They have got an awful lot of cases and they don’t have the number of lawyers, or the lawyers of sufficient calibre to be able to review them properly,” the judge said. “You often end up on the first day of the trial with complaints being made. The conviction rate for rape is still frustratingly low.”

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Overworked CPS rape units 'unable to investigate crimes properly'

In the Media

Excerpt from The Times, 20 Oct 2017 Hannah Summers, Alexi Mostrous

Although the number of rape convictions rose from 2,689 to 2,991 between 2015 and 2016, the overall conviction rate fell from 57.9 per cent to 57.6 per cent over the period. Last month three men walked free from court having been cleared of rape in separate cases, leading to questions about whether they should have been prosecuted.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, told the BBC last week that an acquittal was not an indication of failure. “These are very difficult offences to prosecute and a jury has to be certain beyond all reasonable doubt,” she told Radio 4’s Today. “We would not want to be in a position where we only take cases that are going to succeed because we would rightly be accused of being risk-averse.”

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Open Letter to CAFCASS and NSPCC re Families Need Fathers

OPEN LETTER to CAFCASS and NSPCC re your PARTICIPATION in a conference run by FAMILIES NEED FATHERS (FNF)
on Saturday 14 October

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Judge Kushner comments on drink putting women at risk

Megan Clark, 19, was raped by a man when she was drunk after a night out in Manchester. He was filmed by a passer-by and the police were called. He got 6 years.

The trial judge Lindsey Kushner said women are entitled to drink themselves into the ground but their disinhibited behaviour could result in putting themselves in danger.

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Supreme Court today: rape victims vs Theresa May and police

In the Media

Today 13 March, the Supreme Court will hear a police appeal to overturn a high court decision which protects rape victims.  This shameful appeal is backed by Prime Minister Theresa May. 

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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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