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.

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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Launch of new and updated Self-help Guide for Asylum Seekers and their Supporters

From Legal Action for Women


6pm Thursday 27 June 2013

Crossroads Women's Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX

Launch of new and updated

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Speakers:
Cristel Amiss
, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
Liz Cross, North London Asylum Seeker Drop-In
Maurine Mahoro, All African Women’s Group
Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers

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Join us at petition launch: Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.

We are linking to a petition below from the Global Women’s Strike (GWS) in support of mothers and other carers. Please sign and help to circulate it.

Women Against Rape will be at its launch in Parliament because living in poverty makes mothers (and other carers) and our children more vulnerable to sexual violence. Please come and join the speak out with us on 1st May.

Come to the Launch
Wednesday 1st May 2013, 7-9pm
Grand Committee Room, House of Commons

London SW1 Westminster
Chaired by John McDonnell MP
Open mic. Have your say. All welcome.

Here are some of the reasons why we feel strongly about this issue:

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