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

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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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
www.womenagainstrape.net 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?

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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)
www.womenagainstrape.net 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?

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Police pay compensation in precedent rape claim

In the Media

PRESS RELEASE

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.

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