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

Read more: key points from Dr Jay’s report

A Summary of issues raised in the ‘Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)’ by Dr Alexis Jay, issued in August 2014.

Download a pdf of the full Report here
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013) 


Good Press report in the Telegraph 

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Statement from a child abuse survivor

WHEN WILL CHILD ABUSE SURVIVOURS/VICTIMS OBTAIN JUSTICE – JUSTICE CONTINUES TO BE DENIED?

I am writing this as a 60 year old woman who was a 12 year old victim of sexual abuse. I never got justice. I want to expose the lack of professionalism of the police and social services. I believe it is a problem throughout the width and breath of the British Isles which proactively denies us child abuse survivors/victims a voice or justice.

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Jail Rapists NOT Rape Victims, 2 Dec House of Commons

Jail Rapists NOT Rape Victims
Tuesday 2 December 2014, 6-8pm 

House of Commons, Committee Room 10,  London SW1  Westminster Allow 20 minutes to pass through security.

Women who have been imprisoned or threatened with arrest after biased rape investigations, their families, Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape, are extending our campaign to stop the prosecution of rape survivors and clear the names of those who have been wrongly convicted.

Hosted by John McDonnell MP. Speakers include:

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Shireen’s law: Victory in sight for campaign to remove time limit on domestic violence prosecutions

 Nigel Sutton.

Shireen Jamil. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
9:34 AM

An historic change in the law to abolish a time limit on prosecuting cases of domestic violence is set to be considered by the government as a result of a campaign by a Hampstead mother.

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Child Rape in Rotherham: Questions rape survivors, parents and the general public want answers to

By Women Against Rape

Submitted to the Home Affairs Committee on 9 September. We have received no substantial reply so far.

The Report by Dr Alexis Jay issued in August 2014, raises more questions than it answers. Unless these questions are asked and answered now, this will amount to a further cover up.

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Evidence to Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women From Women Against Rape

We believe the UK government is flouting its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention in relation to Violence Against Women.

1. Refusal to prosecute rapists including violent partners

“In the 12 months to March 2013 there were about 10,000 recorded rapes of adults in England and Wales, and about 6,000 recorded rapes of children.

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How the UK government flouts its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention in relation to VAWG.

Evidence to Joint Select Human Rights Committee Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls 
From Women Against Rape

 

1. Refusal to prosecute rapists including violent partners

“In the 12 months to March 2013 there were about 10,000 recorded rapes of adults in England and Wales, and about 6,000 recorded rapes of children.
Only 1,820 (18%) of those recorded rape allegations led to a "sanction detection" in which an offender was charged or cautioned for the offence, and 1,423 (12%) of cases were "no crimed". [“Police 'culture of disbelief' over rape claims alarms official monitoring group”, Alan Travis, The Guardian, 31 January 2014.]

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Police investigate 169 staff over predatory sexual behaviour

High-level meeting held to address issue of officers and support staff abusing positions to prey on public, including crime victims

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
The Guardian, Saturday 10 August 2013

The predatory sexual behaviour of police officers ranges from rape to voyeurism. Photograph: Steve Phillips/Alamy
Police forces are being ordered to face up to corruption by officers who commit sexual offences against vulnerable women and young people, as figures obtained by the Guardian reveal 169 officers and support staff are under investigation for predatory sexual behaviour.

Senior officers from the 43 forces of England and Wales have held a high-level private meeting to address the problem of officers who abuse their position to make inappropriate sexual advances or carry out sexual assaults on members of the public, many of whom are victims of crime.

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Rape cover-up? It is history, says Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

JUSTIN DAVENPORT, CRIME EDITOR
Published: 28 February 2013

Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has apologised to victims of rapes who were pressured by police into withdrawing their allegations so officers could meet performance targets.

However, the Met Commissioner faced attack after he attempted to deflect criticism over the issue by saying the cases — which took place in 2008 and 2009 — were “relatively historic”.

His comments came after the Independent Police Complaints Commission severely criticised the force’s Southwark Sapphire specialist sex crimes unit for adopting an approach of “failing to believe” victims.

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Why do the police deal with rape cases so badly? Lisa Longstaff in the Guardian

Their record in rape cases is abysmal – and they seem to resent accountability, preferring to improve PR rather than performance

Lisa Longstaff
theguardian.com, Monday 4 March 2013 09.00 GMT

Allegations of sexual violence and cover-up are threatening every institution. Can rape be dealt with when so many in authority are themselves guilty? Of course it can. But first the police, charged with enforcing the law, must change.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has investigated London's Sapphire rape units nine times in seven years – that's 19 officers disciplined, three dismissed, one imprisoned for fraudulently closing rape cases and another under investigation.

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