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.

Rights & Information Sheet for survivors of rape seeking asylum in the UK

Resource

It is estimated that 50% of women seeking asylum in the UK are rape survivors.  If you suffered rape or other sexual violence in your country of origin, what happened to you and its impact on you and your loved ones are a vital part of your asylum claim.  It is crucial that the full details of everything you have suffered are given to the immigration authorities as soon as possible. We include here important guidelines and case law which can help you pursue your claim.

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Mum makes appeal after rape unit complaints

In the Media

Southwark News 25 June 2009 By Oliver Pugh

[Contact us if you made formal complaint about how rape was investigated by Southwark Sapphire Unit war@womenagainstrape.net]

The mum of a fifteen-year-old rape victim at the centre of a ‘botched’ investigation by Southwark police has appealed for two new victims to come to her support group, after they made similar complaints to a police watchdog.

The two new complaints about Southwark’s Sapphire Unit were lodged in May and, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), they concerned alleged rapes in that month.

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Landmark damages for rape survivor detained unlawfully

Listen to the radio interview below

Guardian headline: Asylum seeker illegally detained in UKA woman rape survivor has won unprecedented damages for being unlawfully detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Ms B, who fled Cameroon having suffered rape and other torture was detained in December 2006 shortly after her arrival in the UK. She reported to the authorities that she was a rape survivor and according to detention rules should have been seen by a “medical practitioner” within 24 hours [1]. Her report of rape was ignored and she was put on the “fast track” for removal [2].


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Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

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Lord Faulkner,  Baroness Stern, John McDonnell MP and Niki Adams from the Englis

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The struggle against poverty, war & occupation

Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

While government feminists and religious fundamentalists say prostitution is rape and claim most sex workers have been trafficked, rapists continue to get away with it – the conviction rate for reported rape in England and Wales is 6%. But a growing international movement for women’s safety is demanding the decriminalisation of sex work. In England it is opposing a new bill to "rehabilitate" sex workers, raid brothels and criminalise clients. In San Francisco 41% voted for decriminalisation in the last election.

You Tube video of Ruth Hall of WAR speaking at the House of Commons meeting on 3 Feb

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'This crime ruins people's lives', The Guardian, Friday 27 March 2009

Photograph: Teri Pengilley/Guardian

The case of Kirk Reid - yesterday convicted of assaulting 25 women - has exposed severe failings in rape investigations. Rachel Williams talks to a teenager whose own allegation was so badly handled that it led to a damning internal police inquiry

The Guardian, Friday 27 March 2009
In spring 2005, Sally noticed that there was something wrong with her daughter Rebecca. The 15-year-old was constantly crying, taking two or three baths a day, and was unable to sleep, being plagued with nightmares. Sally pleaded with Rebecca to explain what was upsetting her, but to no avail until her daughter finally woke her one night at 4am. She said that six weeks earlier she had met a man who had seemed friendly, but the next day he had raped her.

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Police targets 'meant car crime was given higher priority than rape', The Guardian, Tuesday 17 March 2009

Yard unit was understaffed and overburdened. Inquiry says untrained officers handled cases

by Rachel Williams

One of Scotland Yard's elite sexual assault units has been condemned for serious failures after untrained officers were left investigating rapes, despite repeated pleas to management for more detectives.

An internal inquiry describes how cases were mishandled in a department that was "understaffed, underskilled and overburdened". It also documents claims by members of Southwark's Sapphire team that management treated car crime as a higher priority than sex offences, because it was under pressure to meet targets for solving cases. The percentage of rape allegations that end up in court is notoriously low.

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Model letter on the Welfare Reform Bill

Dear

I am very worried about the Welfare Reform Bill. In particular, I am concerned that it would (ADD ANY OF THE FOLLOWING POINTS AND YOUR OWN VIEWS OR EXPERIENCES)

* Force traumatised women escaping domestic violence to look for a job or face sanctions.

* Abolish Income Support. The Welfare Reform Bill treats mothers as “workless”, ignoring their vital caring work. Income Support is a crucial entitlement ensuring the basic human right to survive -- for mothers, other carers who cannot get Carers’ Allowance, those they care for, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable people, young and old.

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Met rape apology not enough

Evening Standard, ES message board, 30 March 2009

WHEN my daughter was raped I convinced her to report it to the police.

They treated her well and we thought that meant we'd get justice. An IPCC report has now confirmed that the Southwark police investigation into her rape was a total disaster: evidence was lost or not gathered and the rapist wasn't arrested for months.

This and other rapes were left in the hands of unqualified and uncaring officers while resources were diverted to vehicle and property crimes.

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Briefing: Welfare Reform Bill puts women and children in greater danger

Briefing by Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape
(House of Lords: Grand Committee -- 9 June onwards)

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Rwanda rape victim in brave fight to help others

In the Media

Stella Mpaka, of Women Against Rape, is now helping others to overcome their personal nightmares.

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 14 May 2009

Your article (Camden group's battle to prioritise a heinous crime, H&H April 2) showed some of Women Against Rape's (WAR) ground breaking work winning justice for rape survivors. I can personally testify to the life-saving support provided to women like me.

I am a rape survivor from Rwanda. My family fled because of the genocide. We later returned thinking it was safe, but in 2000 my father 'disappeared' and my family fled again.

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