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.

Report of Public Trial: The rape of justice – who’s guilty?

Three judges at the Trial

On Saturday 16th February, rape survivors and their supporters packed a London church to charge those who are supposed to protect us -- the police, Crown Prosecution Service, judges, ministers and immigration authorities -- with the “rape of justice”.

By Bridget Symonds and Lisa Longstaff, Women Against Rape. Published in Women's News, Ireland's feminist magazine, May/June 2008
Photos by Crossroads Women's Photo Collective

Nearly 30 rape survivors, several young survivors’ mothers, one husband, and a representative of Iraqi women took the “witness” stand in front of a “prosecutor” and three “judges” from Women Against Rape, Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Legal Action for Women, to give their devastating testimonies. The audience acted as jury.


Authorities have not done enough to prosecute rapists

In the Media

Times Online
Ruth Hall and Sally Freeman, February 11, 2008

This Saturday, women from across the UK will describe their experiences of sexual and domestic violence in a public trial to be held in London. The event – The Rape of Justice – Who’s Guilty? – coincides with the 30th anniversary of the campaigning group, Women Against Rape (WAR). Over three decades, WAR has campaigned for changes in the law, including the recognition of rape inside marriage as a crime. It won a landmark private prosecution against a serial rapist after the Crown Prosecution Service refused to prosecute in a case brought by two prostitutes: the rapist was sentenced to 11 years. Below, in an open letter to the Solicitor-General, Vera Baird, QC, the group states why it believes that the authorities are to blame for too little being done to prosecute rapists.

Dear Ms Baird,


Some unbelievably good news – Betty and her children reunited

Success story

STOP PRESS: Betty and her children win compensation for unlawful detention and for violence and abuse from Immigration Guards!!!

Some of you may know Betty A, a regular volunteer at the Centre where Women Against Rape (WAR) is based, who has been fighting for asylum for eight years.  Betty is a rape survivor and mother of five.  In July 2006, two months after Betty was illegally deported to Uganda with her five children, she was kidnapped and tortured by security agents.

She escaped from the boot of the car taking her to be killed, and eventually managed to make it back to Britain.  Tragically she had no choice but to leave her children behind.


Press Release: demand the protection of women who report rape and the prosecution of the Daily Mail for breaching their anonymity

WOMEN AGAINST RAPE, other victims’ organisations, doctors, solicitors and barristers* write to the Attorney General to demand the protection of women who report rape and the prosecution of the Daily Mail for breaching their anonymity

The public everywhere are horrified at the shocking murders of five young women in Ipswich, and are demanding that women´s safety is prioritised. Yet women who report rape have been under unprecedented attack from the legal establishment, some have even been imprisoned and our protective legal right to anonymity has been breached by the Daily Mail, which has so far gone unpunished.


Safe at last: Rape victim is granted asylum

In the Media

A REFUGEE living in Camden Town is celebrating after being granted asylum seven years after coming to the UK to escape persecution in Rwanda.

Hampstead and Highgate Express, Stella.jpg22 November 2007, Tan Parsons

Stella Mpaka has finally been granted indefinite leave to remain in the country by the Home Office.

She said: "I have been in limbo for seven years and I still can't quite believe it.

"I have passed through hell to be where I am now. All I am feeling is the pain - I am so exhausted. I feel like I've had these years stolen from me and now this is a fresh start - I've gone back to zero."

The 33-year-old fled Rwanda in the wake of the genocide in 1994 after her father was imprisoned. But the men she had to depend on to make the journey raped her.


Maureen on hearing that she won her case

“Winning my case was not the end, it was just the beginning. It is a victory and a part of me wants to be happy but I can’t be happy because of my children. If I feel happy I feel guilty because I don’t have them with me.

"It took all my strength and emotions to win. I was drained and so tired  because every little thing is a fight. But mainly I was at the end of my strength because of my constant thoughts of my children I had to leave  behind. My life has gone ahead but my wounds have become deeper all this  time.


Help traumatised mother find her children

OCTOBER 2007 As a result of this financial appeal, Ms M raised enough money so that a reliable person could start looking for her children. He eventually found them in Uganda in July 2008.


Ms Maureen Mahoro has not seen or heard from her four children for over four  years. She doesn’t know whether they are alive or dead but like any mother is desperate to find out. Her oldest son disappeared and she was forced to leave the other three behind when she fled from Burundi to the UK in fear of  her life in 2003. She needs money to search for them and all the money she  managed to scrap together for this purpose has run out. We are urgently  asking for your help.



Asylum from Rape Bulletin Summer 2008


Women reunited with their children

5 March was one of the happiest occasions of this past year for many of us.  Betty A, a longstanding and much loved volunteer was reunited with the four children whom she was forced to leave behind when she fled Uganda.  The full and heart-rending story is still to be told but the reunification of this family is the culmination of an extraordinary effort over two years by Betty herself, WAR and our dedicated supporters. More  


Schools theatre workshops on rape & asylum June-July 07

In Refugee Week, June 2007, WAR was a co-sponsor of Women in Dialogue’s pathbreaking Project Put Yourself in Our Shoes. There were two innovative strands to this project: taking women asylum seekers who fled violence to speak to children in schools, and holding theatre workshops for children run by internationally renowned playwright Kay Adshead.


Asylum From Rape Bulletin – Summer 2007


Misjudging Asylum, Rape and Detention – 17 July 2007

John Mc Donnell MP and Lord Avebury hosted a packed meeting in the House of Commons which brought together women asylum seekers, MPs, Lords, lawyers, community and breastfeeding activists and other supporters to highlight the obstacles rape survivors face in getting their claims recognized. WAR’s speaker highlighted research to which we contributed, which found that 70% of women in Yarl’s Wood are rape survivors*, despite Home Office guidelines which say survivors of torture should not be detained. Many have never felt able to speak about rape before they contact us, or have been ignored or disbelieved when they did. Barrister Louise Hooper from Garden Court Chambers warned that solicitors will not be able to afford to take on “complex” cases when proposed legal aid cuts take effect in the autumn.

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