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.

 

 

 

Black Women's Rape Action Project

Founded in 1991, we are one of the few Black women's organisations specialising in offering counselling, support and advice to Black women and other women of colour, immigrant and refugee women, who have suffered rape, sexual assault or other violence

Demanding an Inquiry into what happens to women removed from the UK

Though we and others have been able to help many women seeking asylum get released from detention and have their claims looked at again, some women and their families are removed from the UK without having had the legal help they needed. Many women are sent back because they are told they will be safe in another part of the country they fled. But those who have kept in touch with us report a very different experience: rape and other violence, including in detention; destitution; begging or prostitution are often the only way they can survive. We are in touch with several women in this situation, and are documenting the lack of support and the danger they face. The Home Office refuses to investigate what happens to those it removes. We demand an inquiry into what happens to the women, children and men the Home Office removes from the UK.
 

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End the detention of rape survivors

YWProtest6920small.jpgResearch we helped carry out found that 70% of women detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are rape survivors*. Most women detained there can’t get the independent medical or psychiatric reports needed to document their experiences and have poor or no legal representation. Women report lack of medical care, even where serious health problems are concerned, as well as racism and abuse from staff. BWRAP and WAR help run a daily rota of volunteers who help women in detention to pursue their claims and access services they desperately need. We helped a woman win £38 000 in compensation after she had been unlawfully detained. We have stopped removals of women and their families, often at the last minute.
*A Bleak House of our times, Legal Action for Women, 2005

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Asylum from rape

77% of rape survivors refused asylum

70% of women seeking asylum in the UK have suffered rape and other sexual violence. But women seeking safety for themselves and their children face the same uncaring injustice as women who are raped in the UK. Despite national and international legal precedents recognising gender-based persecution, rape victims still face great obstacles in claiming protection.

Rape survivors are often denied expert reports which could corroborate their claims and are frequently accused by the authorities and Immigration Judges of fabricating their account of what has happened to them. See our research documenting this. Most women also experience bad legal representation.

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Briefing against the 2015 Immigration Bill

 

 STOP PRESS: Demo against the Bill, Tues 5 April outside Lunar House,
40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY, from 10.30am



Opposition to the Immigration Bill continues to grow

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Child removals mark a return to Victorian values - Guardian Letter

In the Media

Published Wednesday 16 December 2015 19.07 GMTLast modified on Wednesday 16 December 201522.33 GMT

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Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight against rape

In the Media

Morning Star - Features 25 November 2015 p8-9
by Cristel Amiss
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STARTING today, the UN has called for 16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women. This year’s theme is “prevention.”

According to UN Women, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Who are the one in three? Is this figure accurate? Where did it come from? Does it include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, our struggle to end rape is largely invisible.

In 2012 a young woman studying medicine in Delhi was gang raped and murdered.

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Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight against rape

In the Media

Morning Star - Features 25 November 2015 p8-9
by Cristel Amiss
________________________________________
STARTING today, the UN has called for 16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women. This year’s theme is “prevention.”

According to UN Women, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Who are the one in three? Is this figure accurate? Where did it come from? Does it include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, our struggle to end rape is largely invisible.

In 2012 a young woman studying medicine in Delhi was gang raped and murdered.

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Shut Down Yarl's Wood and all Detention Centres : Protest and Speak Out 15th June Report

jcdsc06136jcresized.jpgParliament Square overflowed with banners, placards, chants and speeches on Monday 15th June 350 people rallied in the British Parliament's front garden to demand the closure of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre as over and all detention centres. 

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Dossier calling for Yarl’s Wood closure chronicles decade of abuse complaints

In the Media

Report by anti-rape campaigners, sent to all MPs, documents complaints from current and former detainees at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre

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A protest at Westminster on Monday afternoon calling for Yarl’s Wood to be shut down. Photograph: Velar Grant/Zuma Press/Corbis

Diane Taylor
Monday 15 June 2015 16.24 BST Last modified on Monday 15 June 2015 17.08 BST
The Guardian

A decade of complaints about sexual abuse and mistreatment at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre are documented in a report based on hundreds of complaints by detainees.

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