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.

Today (poem)

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WAR is grateful to the author of this poem for a sponsored silence she is doing to fundraise for us.

Today  

Today I cried for the millions of women who have been raped.

I cried for the women, who could not scream, and for those who screamed but no one came

 I cried for the millions of women raped in slavery whose screams and souls have gone

I cried for millions of women raped in wars they didn’t cause, by faceless soldiers fighting for peace

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High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress

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Woman known as Sarah has compensation increased after she made allegation against husband before changing her mind, under pressure from him

The judge said the victim has been punished unfairly for claims of not cooperating with police. 

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High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress

In the Media

Woman known as Sarah has compensation increased after she made allegation against husband before changing her mind, under pressure from him

The judge said the victim has been punished unfairly for claims of not cooperating with police. 

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Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation

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Accused of perverting course of justice, woman to appeal against 70% cut in compensation for her ordeal
Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, released the woman from jail in 2010 in a case that altered the way lawyers treat victims who retract rape claims. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Helen Pidd  The Guardian  Monday 30 May 201612.58 BSTLast modified on Monday 30 May 201613.23 BST

A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting a true allegation of rape is to challenge the compensation awarded to her by a court.
The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

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Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation

In the Media

Accused of perverting course of justice, woman to appeal against 70% cut in compensation for her ordeal
Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, released the woman from jail in 2010 in a case that altered the way lawyers treat victims who retract rape claims. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Helen Pidd  The Guardian  Monday 30 May 201612.58 BSTLast modified on Monday 30 May 201613.23 BST

A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting a true allegation of rape is to challenge the compensation awarded to her by a court.
The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

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Evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Prostitution

Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Prostitution
from Women Against Rape

1) 'Whether criminal sanction in relation to prostitution should continue to fall more heavily on those who sell sex, rather than those who buy it.'

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From Lima To London – Rape Survivors Have More In Common Than We Assume

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LISA LONGSTAFF talks to Leddy Mozombite, who organises domestic workers in Peru in the struggle against poverty and sexual violence
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RESISTANCE: Leddy Mozombite (centre)at a recent conference organised by the Global Women’s Strike. Pic: Crossroads Audio-Visual Collective
I RECENTLY spoke about rape at the international women’s conference called by Global Women’s Strike.
Afterwards, I met with a fellow speaker Leddy Mozombite, who organises with domestic workers in Peru.

I wanted to know about her personal history and to learn about domestic workers’ struggles against poverty and sexual violence, and how we can support that organising in Britain.

Mozombite was a domestic worker from the age of seven, moving alone from the countryside to the capital city Lima at 14.

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