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

Press release: protest rape and racism

PRESS RELEASE: Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape

Sentencing of the Oxford rapists
Women protest both rape and racism.
Police and social workers also trashed victims – will they be prosecuted?

Old Bailey, London, 26 June 2013, 10-12 noon Tel 020 7482 2496

Seven men will be sentenced for 43 offences – ranging from rape and conspiracy to rape to supplying Class A drugs to using an instrument to procure a miscarriage – against six underage girls. But what about the police officers and social workers whose refusal to act enabled these rapes? Will they be prosecuted for aiding and abetting rape? Were they involved in other ways? Is that why they didn’t act against rape? Or is it their bias against working class children and against rape victims generally?


Protest against rape and racism on the day of sentencing the Oxford rapists, Old Bailey, London, 26 June 2013

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape invite you to

Protest against rape and racism on the day
of sentencing the Oxford rapists

Old Bailey, London EC4M 7HS, 26 June 2013
10am-12 noon, sentencing at 11am
off Ludgate Hill (nearest tube St Pauls) Tel 020 7482 2496

Seven men will be sentenced for 43 offences against six girls, including rape. But what about the police officers and social workers whose refusal to act enabled these rapes? Will they be prosecuted for aiding and abetting rape? Were they involved in other ways?


Women Against Rape response to MOJ regarding children and vulnerable adults

Today, Justice Minister Chris Grayling unveiled new proposals to be piloted in three courts – to exclude children and vulnerable adults from court trials, have them cross-examined in advance without the jury present, and a video played in court.

The Ministry of Justice said that currently ‘Judges have the power to intervene to prevent overly aggressive cross-examination and character assassinations.’ (Guardian) But they are clearly not using these powers enough.


Statement from rural women in India on recent events in Delhi

Please help BWRAP and WAR to circulate the statement and article below:

The mass protests taking place all over India, and the international support for them, show how determined women are to end rape, and how we face similar violence and similar sexism by the authorities, wherever we are. For years our Indian sisters in Chhattisgarh have been organizing against rape and murder in the family but also by landlords, police and the military. But Dalit and Tribal women’s struggles have not been given prominence and support by the media or by most middle and upper class women in India or in the UK.


Woman's appeal, raped by fellow volunteeer

"I was raped in 2005 by a man – a volunteer colleague who worked for the Refugee Council in the Day centre.
Neither the police or the Refugee Council took me seriously when I reported the rape. The Refugee Council told me it was my fault that I had let that happen to me and the police said I wasn’t raped.

I’m anxious that he doesn’t get away with attacking other women – if this has happened to you at Refugee Council please get in touch with WAR."


Police pay compensation in precedent rape claim

In the Media


A landmark civil suit was settled on recently with the Metropolitan police paying £15,000 damages to a woman whose rape when she was 15 was badly mishandled by a police Sapphire Team in Southwark, London. With the scandals in the news of scores of girls raped over years in Rochdale, Rotherham and by Jimmy Savile (and possibly his associates), this case puts the spotlight on the flagship Sapphire Rape Units.


Rapist Brian Witty jailed indefinitely

In the Media

Former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain is told he must serve a minimum of eight years

Press Association, Friday 25 May 2012 14.53 BST

Brian Witty, who attacked two women he met on a dating website and two more he met in bars. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A former soldier who carried out a string of sex attacks has been jailed indefinitely.

Judge Nicholas Price QC described Brian Witty, 41, as a "predatory rapist" as he told the former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain he would serve at least eight years before he could be considered for release.


Brian Witty rape victim feared he would kill her after being released

In the Media

Miss C said she was distraught when police initially decided not to prosecute Witty and lost her job after becoming depressed

Rachel Williams
The Guardian, Friday 25 May 2012 16.43 BST

Brian Witty has been jailed for three rapes and one sexual assault between 1995 and 2011. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A victim of a serial rapist who was jailed indefinitely on Friday has told how she was so scared he would strike again after police initially released him without charge that for a year she slept in her bathroom, her only room she could lock.

The woman, Miss C, said she considered suicide after being told there was not enough evidence to prosecute Brian Witty, a banker and former Territorial Army captain. She became depressed and lost her job, and has hardly worked since.


Report of Slutwalk 2012

By English Collective of Prostitutes

Over 2000 people, mainly women, sallied down Piccadilly for the second London Slutwalk on 22 September. Home-made placards ruled from ‘Sluts & Plebs Unite’ to ‘Compensate Rape Survivors, not Banks’. Many reflected fury at police, prosecutors and courts which ensure that ‘97% of all rapists won’t spend a day behind bars’. See photos here

At the rally in Trafalgar Square, mc’d by performer Red Jen, Slutwalk founder Anastasia Richardson, set the tone with a fiery welcoming speech:

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