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.




Women Against Rape

Grassroots multi-racial women's group founded in 1976. Offers counselling, support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

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

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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.


Asylum from rape

77% of rape survivors refused asylum

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Compensation (character & conduct campaign)

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If you have suffered rape or assault, like any other victim of crime, it is your right to apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for compensation for your injuries and to help with your recovery. Throughout the legal process our sexual and medical histories are often used to humiliate, demean and dismiss us. Our 'character and conduct' can similarly be used to deny us compensation by the CICA, thus discriminating against rape survivors who may have unrelated convictions for prostitution, shop-lifting or possession of cannabis. We have had to challenge the CICA for refusing or reducing awards on these grounds, and we are pressing for their discretion to make such judgements to be curtailed.

If you have been denied compensation and/or want to support this campaign, contact us.


Safety First coalition

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After the tragic murders of five young women sex workers in Ipswich we joined the Safety First Coalition, which was set up by the English Collective of Prostitutes. The Coalition has broad support including from the Royal College of Nursing, probation officers, members of the Church, trade unions, peers and MPs. The Coalition promotes the safety and welfare of sex workers. We have taken up the cases of several women who due to discrimination were unable to get protection from violence. Read more about the Coalition at


End the use of women’s sexual history in court and ‘belief in consent’

In rape trials, victims of rape have traditionally been questioned about their sexual history. Defence barristers imply that if you have slept with several men, or if you have a “reputation” or, for instance, if you are a young single woman who has a child, then you are more likely to have consented to sex with the accused. The Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence Act 1999 introduced some restrictions on such questioning, which trashes the rape survivor’s character in front of the jury. The Act could have protected the right to a fair trial of both the victim and the defendant. But the government, ignoring the protests and lobbying of our grassroots women’s campaign, instead brought in a complicated law, which is often manipulated or simply ignored, without the judge or prosecution even protesting.


Open Letter to CAFCASS and NSPCC re Families Need Fathers

on Saturday 14 October


The victims denied compensation - letter to Justice Secretary

Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX
Phone: 020 7482 2496 Fax 020 7267 7297

David Lidington
Justice Secretary – Ministry of Justice

28 July 2017

Dear David Lidington

Re Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and Authority (CICA)

We echo demands in the letters to you from MP Sarah Champion, shadow minister for women and equalities, and from a coalition of charities[1] that the Criminal Injuries Compensation rules be changed, both widely reported in the media last week.


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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