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.

Sex case reaction ended my Army life

Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794  
Case Study

A female soldier claimed that she was made to feel it was her fault after she alleged that two male colleagues sexually assaulted her (Dedorah Haynes writes).

Donna Rayment ,was a corporal in the Territorial Army when the alleged attack took place while she was working as driver for one of the reservist squadrons of the special Air service in 1999.

Some members of her unit was on the was from training exercise overseas and spent the night at a hotel. A number of soldiers, incuding Ms Rayment, went for a few drinks.  She returned to the hotel were they were staying with two colleagues, whom were also not members of the SAS.


Frightening cover-up' over rape in Forces

The Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor

Rape and sexual crimes with the Armed Forces are far more widespread than previously admitted, The Times can reveal.

More than 260 rape allegations have been made against servicemen in the past three years- far more than the figure disclosed in the Parliament last year.


Join us at International Women's Day event

We are delighted to invite you to an IWD event organised by Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike and Caribbean Labour Solidarity, which we will be attending.

More info:

This will be a valuable opportunity to exchange information about anti-rape organizing in the UK and in other countries including:

* Guyana, where Red Thread runs a multi-racial drop-in centre for abused women and children, and where they have succeeded in getting an abusive police officer removed.


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.


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."


A gay man describes how he won compensation for rape

Success story

I am a gay man from the Netherlands. During a visit to London as a tourist the summer of 2009 my drink was spiked, I was robbed and sexually assaulted by a member of gang targeting gay men. I would like to share my experience appealing against the decisions of the CICA because this may be of use to victims of drug-rape.

I decided to apply for compensation two month after the incident when I realised the police investigation was not going any further. It was the only thing left for me to do.


Rape survivor deported to Uganda claims the UK breached her human rights

A heart-breaking case of a vulnerable rape survivor who was forcibly removed back to Uganda is being considered by the European Court of Human Rights. Final representations were submitted in June by a pro-bono legal team co-ordinated by Women Against Rape (WAR). The case turns on whether the court agrees that the UK government breached Articles 3 (Prohibition of torture*) and 8 (Right to respect for private and family life**) of the European Convention of Human Rights when they insisted on deporting Ms FN despite overwhelming evidence and an immigration judge’s decision that her rights would be breached if they did.

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