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.

Victim of rape and domestic violence refuses to be gagged by Social Services attempting to put her children up for adoption

There is a hearing today, Thursday 24 October, brought by Social Services to impose a gagging order onto a mother whose partner was imprisoned for raping her. Social services want her two children adopted, against her will, and say that her speaking out as a victim of rape and domestic violence will put off prospective adoptive parents. The mother is challenging the gagging order aimed at facilitating the adoption.

In her support WAR is picketing the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand at 9.45am.

Social Services claim that the mother is unfit after suffering domestic violence and rape by the childrens’ father, and that she is ‘emotionally unstable’, despite medical evidence confirming that she has the normal response of a rape victim. They are trying to prevent this woman from protesting publicly to call attention to the injustice she is facing.

Lisa Longstaff of WAR says:

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Photos from launch of research by US Prof. Lisa Avalos against the prosecution of rape survivors accused of lying, 23 Sept 2013

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Cristel Amiss from Black Women's Rape Action Project speaking.  L-R Nicola Mann, Women Against Rape; Lisa Longstaff, WAR & Prof Lisa Avalos

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Prof Lisa Avalos speaking.

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Nicola Mann, WAR, speaking

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Lisa Longstaff and Prof. Lisa Avalos report on launch of new US research about false allegations

In the Media

Michael Le Vell's acquittal is no reason to give rape defendants anonymity

False reports are extremely rare. There's no reason to single out rape defendants from those accused of other crimes

Lisa Longstaff and Lisa Avalos
theguardian.com, Thursday 26 September 2013 17.00 BST

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Michael Le Vell, centre, was cleared of all charges. Photograph: Paul Cousans/Barcroft Media

Every time a celebrity is acquitted of rape allegations, a pernicious media campaign clamours for anonymity for defendants to stop women and children from wrecking vulnerable men's lives. Most recently, we saw this after the Michael Le Vell trial.

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Legal Challenge vs Benefit Cap by women fleeing domestic violence

Wed 2 Oct 2013 – Women Against Rape supports
families’ legal challenge vs total benefit cap
which puts women’s and children’s lives in danger

9.30 a.m. Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, Holborn tube

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False Reports of Sexual Assault: Findings on Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options

 False Reports of Sexual Assault:
Findings on Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options
An Advocacy Paper Prepared for Women Against Rape

Lisa R. Avalos, Assistant Professor of Law
University of Arkansas School of Law

Alexandra Filippova, J.D. class of 2013
Cynthia Reed, J.D. class of 2014
Matthew Siegel, J.D. class of 20131
Georgetown University Law Center

Download below!

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SPEAK OUT: RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT IN YARL’S WOOD IMMIGRATION & REMOVAL CENTRE

All African Women’s Group, Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape

3pm Tuesday 1 October 2013
Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX 

large_thumbnail.jpgIncludes testimonies from women who experienced and/or witnessed sexual abuse whilst held in detention

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The mother of a child rape victim responds to the media hype following the acquittal of Le Vell on child rape allegations

“I’m quite concerned about comments that were made in the media, that because this man has been found not guilty, the girl has made a false allegation. Have you not considered balancing your story out a bit? 

Let me just tell you my story. My name’s Sally. I was the woman who just took on the Met and won (there was a settlement out of court) after they messed up my daughter’s rape investigation. My daughter’s case went to court and [the man] was acquitted at court. The reason he was acquitted at court was because the police didn’t gather evidence correctly and the CPS did not pick up on that.

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Why giving men anonymity in rape cases is a bad idea

A senior lawyer has called for anonymity until conviction for men accused of sex crimes. This would make it even harder for victims to get justice


Lisa Longstaff
The Guardian, Monday 18 February 2013

The chairwoman of the bar council, Maura McGowan QC, has called for anonymity until conviction for men accused of rape. Women (and victims are overwhelmingly women and children) who report rape are granted anonymity, so why not afford the same protection to those they accuse?

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Meet US Prof. Lisa Avalos re new research on prosecution of rape survivors - 23 Sept 2013

Women Against Rape invites you to the launch of new research on how rape victims, rather than rapists, are being prosecuted in the USA.

The findings of ‘False Reports of Sexual Assault,
Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options’

will be presented by

Guest speaker: Lisa R. Avalos*,
Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law

6.30pm, Monday 23 September 2013

at Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX. Wheelchair access
More info: Tel 020 7482 2496

Entrance: Researchers and other professionals: £20
Rape survivors and grassroots campaigners: Free
Space is limited so please book in advance

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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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