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.

Rhiannon Brooker sentenced

image001.jpgThanks for all your support for Rhiannon Brooker who was sentenced yesterday. Despite having been a victim of child abuse and being the mother of a 10-month-old baby still breastfeeding, Rhiannon was jailed for 3 and 1/2 years by Judge Lambert (the same judge who sent Gail Sherwood to prison for two years) – a callous and vindictive sentence.

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Rhiannon Brooker - sentenced to 3 and 1/2 years

Thanks for all your support for Rhiannon Brooker who was sentenced yesterday. Despite having been a victim of child abuse and being the mother of a 10-month-old baby still breastfeeding, Rhiannon was jailed for 3 and 1/2 years by Judge Lambert (the same judge who sent Gail Sherwood to prison for two years) – a callous and vindictive sentence.

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Lawyers walk out in protest at legal aid cuts

image001.jpg24 June, 2014 Camden New Journal  By ROBBIE SMITH

LAWYERS walked out of their Camden offices to protest against legal aid cuts.

Gathering around the statue of Richard Cobden in Camden High Street, solicitors held banners and signs saying that recent government reforms undermine the rule of law.
Staff at Birnberg Peirce and Lewis Nedas were joined by the Camden branch of Women Against Rape at the demonstration.

Sally Middleton, a solicitor for Birnberg Peirce, based in Inverness Street, said: “There’s a huge amount of oppo¬sition. This is very much about what we should have in a fair society – everybody should have access to justice and legal aid, it shouldn’t just be the rich.”

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PROTESTS AS SERCO AND G4S ARE QUESTIONED BY HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Tues 24 June, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Multinationals Serco and G4S are being questioned today at 4pm by the Home Affairs Committee about their running of Immigration Detention Centres. High on the agenda must be what Keith Vaz, chair of the Committee called “shocking revelations” of rape and sexual assault in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre which is run by Serco.

Women who have been held in Yarl’s Wood, some of whom who have been victims of the abuse or witnessed it are attending the hearing to call for the Committee to hear their testimony. They and women currently in Yarl’s Wood are available for interview.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project bwrap@rapeaction.net
Women Against Rape asylumfromrape@womenagainstrape.net
Tel: 020 7482 2496

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India and UK: criminal justice systems give green light to violence against women

From Nawa Chhattisgarh Mahila Samiti (Chhattisgarh Women’s Organisation), Chhattisgarh State, India, 4 June 2014

We are an organisation of Dalit and Adivasi women. We condemn the rapes and murders of the two young Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh. They have not arrested all the people responsible. The government has to give justice to the girls and their families. Many women's organisations in India are protesting and demanding justice. Left political parties are supporting this case as well as Mayawati, a Dalit woman leader from the Uttar Pradesh parliament. In Chhattisgarh girls and women are also raped. We help Dalit and Tribal women report rape and demand the police take statements, gather evidence and bring a prosecution of the rapist.

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Rape Survivors Protest at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Thursday 12 June 2014, 1.30 pm in the ExCel Centre
One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
 

We call on Angelina Jolie to meet rape survivors in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre and defend their right to protection in the UK.

To interview rape survivors call Black Women Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape: 020 7482 2496.

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EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION: Protest UK government’s hypocrisy: crying crocodile tears over war zone rape whilst deporting victims back to torture.

 9-11 am Tuesday 10 June 2014

“Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict”
ExCeL Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
Jubilee Line to Canning Town, take DLR towards Beckton, get off at Custom House.

The UK government is hosting an international three day conference “Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Foreign minister William Hague claims it “is in our hands to treat victims not as social outcasts, but as courageous survivors”. But when “courageous” women escape rape in war zones and seek asylum and protection in the UK they face hostility, disbelief and being slandered as “bogus” and “scroungers”.

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Asylum from Rape Bulletin May 2014

 Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) & Women Against Rape (WAR)

Some victories won over the last year and how you can help us win more in the year ahead!

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FANTASTIC NEWS: NOELA CLAYE HAS WON HER CASE!

On Friday 2 May, Noela Claye received the wonderful news that after ten long years in the UK she has won the right to stay.

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Ms Claye reports her victory at the All African Women's Group

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