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.

Ian Huntley was not a one-off

In the Media

Fatally lax policing practices allowed Ian Huntley to repeat offend and work at a school. But, shockingly, this is the norm for violence against girls and women, say Claire Glasman and Lisa Longstaff

The Independent, LAW, 6 January 2004

It took the murder of two children in Soham to expose, yet again, how often the police do not act to protect women and girls. In the eight years before he killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, there were at least 11 reports of Ian Huntley's sexual offences against young girls and under-age teenagers. Huntley was rarely charged or even interviewed, and he was never convicted. Time after time, the police ignored evidence or failed to make further investigations about Huntley's offending. And, in addition to the reported incidents, several ex-girlfriends have since said that they suffered violence - being beaten unconscious, thrown down stairs - at Huntley's hand.

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Marital rape ruled illegal by law lords

Success story

"Wave of prosecutions will follow" front page of The Times,  24 Oct 1991

Five law lords unanimously swept away the 250-year old notion that women agree to sexual intercourse on marriage and cannot retract their consent . . .

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Two women win the first private prosecution for rape in England and Wales

Success story

"Rapist jailed after prostitutes bring private prosecution" reported in The Independent, 20 September 1995

Two women who brought the first private prosecution for rape and indecent assault after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped their cases saw their attacker jailed for 14 years yesterday.

Coming the week after a London family – in another private prosecution – succeeded in committing for trail two men accused of killing their son, the case again calls into question the CPS’s judgement and code of practice. . .

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Press release: Without Consent report on police & CPS, 07

Press release – about Without Consent – published Jan 07

Her Majesty’s Inspectors have again produced a scathing report about the scandalous refusal of the police and CPS to act against rape.

As a grassroots women’s group taking calls from rape victims daily we contributed to their last report, in 2002. Since then, laws have been passed, guidelines have been issued, much publicity has been generated – and the conviction rate for reported rape has continued to fall.

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Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith

Dear Lord Goldsmith

Re: Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

We write because we are alarmed at the recent breach of a rape survivor’s anonymity, first in Hansard (19 October), then in the Daily Mail (20 October, p.7) followed by the Sunday Times (19 November), and its implications for all rape survivors and all women. This is after decades of women demanding the protection of the law, including protection from media exposure and pornographic treatment if they report having been sexually assaulted.

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Launch of: Misjudging rape - Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals

Event

Start and End Dates

A Dossier of how adjudicators (now known as immigration judges)
flout international law and even their own guidelines when they consider the asylum claims of women and girls seeking safety and protection from rape.
 

LaunchDoss128web.JPGLeft to right:
*Anver Jeevanjee, Member Asylum & Immigration Appeals Tribunal 1983-2004
*Sian Evans, Women Against Rape
*Cristel Amiss, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
*Ian Macdonald QC, speaking (and hosting the meeting)
*Jovanka Savic, Sutovic Hartigan Solicitors
*Sarah Kajumba, All African Women’s Group
Also speaking
*Louise Hooper, barrister, Garden Court Chambers

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BOOK Misjudging Rape: Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals

Resource

Misjudging Rape: Breaching Gender Guidelines and International Law in Asylum Appeals
A Dossier of how adjudicators (now known as immigration judges) flout international law and even their own guidelines when they consider the asylum claims of women and girls seeking safety and protection from rape.
£3.00 individuals; £5.00 organisations;
£10.00 professionals/institutions

Order from All Women Count website

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