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.

STOP FORCED ADOPTION OF RAPE VICTIM’S CHILDREN

Women Against Rape is picketing the Royal Courts of Justice 9am 27 February
The hearing is before Lady Justice Black 10am Court 70. BF/2013/2674 D-F

Women Against Rape is picketing the Court in support of a mother whose two children, aged two and three, have been unjustly taken for adoption. This is the permission to appeal of DF, whose name cannot be published due to a gagging order imposed after she spoke to a local paper about her rape. This order prevents her from publicly campaigning to keep her family together. The local authority claimed that adoptive parents could be put off by knowing the father is a convicted rapist.

DF’s parents are also party to the proceedings: they applied to foster their grandchildren, but despite being trained and accredited by social services, the court ruled in favour of adoption by strangers.

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Letters: The bitter aftermath of failed rape prosecutions for women

In the Media

Letters, The Guardian, Wednesday 19 February 2014 21.00 GMT
While your excellent leader (14 February) acknowledges the authorities' "widespread complicity in sexual abuse", three letters (17 February) call for a time limit on rape prosecutions and the prosecution of women accused of making a false allegation. There is already a zealous drive to prosecute women for lying. This is despite whistleblower PC James Patrick exposing widespread police pressure on women to retract rape reports, targeting the most vulnerable victims, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission finding that this had been a "standard operating procedure" in one London borough. Once women have been pressed to retract, what is to stop the police from accusing them of lying and the Crown Prosecution Service from prosecuting?

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The Upper Tribunal has rescheduled the Home Office’s appeal against Noela Claye, please write to Theresa May to withdraw the appeal

Good News! Noela Claye hearing tomorrow 28 March has been adjourned again, so there's still time to write to help stop Ms Claye from having to go through yet another hearing – see below. 

ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT

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An ex soldier appeals to survivors to get in touch

My name is Ex LSgt Donna Rayment, I am a survivor of serious sexual assault by army colleagues.

The majority of British armed forces are professional, law abiding and have total respect for their fellow service personnel.

There is however a small minority who commit crimes such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, harassment, even murder. These crimes are committed against other service personnel and family.

These horrendous crimes are being ignored by the chain of command, British military justice system, the Ministry of Defence and leading military charities.

My assault occurred whilst on exercise by two other soldiers, who I knew.

I reported this crime, but it was instantly dismissed by my chain of command. I then faced bullying and harassment by several officers and warrant officers in my command.

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'Military rape is like being abused by your family’

In the Media

After Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement’s suicide, victims and relatives argue that the Army is failing its women

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Before her suicide, Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement alleged that she was subjected to a campaign of bullying by female colleagues, including the girlfriend of the soldier she had accused of rape Photo: INS

By Sarah Rainey
8:20PM GMT 07 Feb 2014 The Telegraph

The buttons on her navy jacket gleamed and the peak on her scarlet cap had been polished until it shone. Standing to attention on her first day as a Royal Military Police officer, the smile on Anne-Marie Ellement’s face said it all: this was the moment she had been waiting for all her life.

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Ask you MP to sign: Early day motion 980: Women and Children Suffering Domestic Violence and the Benefit Cap

Session: 2013-14
Date tabled: 22.01.2014
Primary sponsor: McDonnell, John

Sponsors: Corbyn, Jeremy Durkan, Mark Ritchie, Margaret Shannon, Jim Meale, Alan

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The benefit cap is supporting state child abuse

In the Media

As a family brings a legal challenge to the £500 limit, the treatment of mothers in violent relationships is brought into sharp relief

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Children of domestic abuse victims increasingly being taken into care

Family Rights Group claims cuts to local domestic abuse services are putting families at risk of being split up

Patrick Butler
The Guardian, Wednesday 15 January 2014

Children with a parent who suffers from domestic violence are increasingly likely to be at risk of being taken into care, a charity claims.

The Family Rights Group says that cuts to local domestic abuse and family support services, compounded by welfare reforms, mean families are more likely to be split up because they can no longer get specialist help. Data suggests that domestic violence has outstripped parental mental illness or drug and alcohol misuse as the most common underlying factor behind child protection intervention.

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Scrap the Benefit Cap which Traps Women and Children in Violent Relationships

Target: UK Parliament

SIGN PETITION HERE

benefit_cap_2_oct_war.jpgWe ask organisations and individuals to support women and children impoverished by the Benefit Cap after escaping violent relationships. A legal challenge on behalf of affected families will be heard in the Court of Appeal in early 2014. Protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Solicitor Rebekah Carrier describes the Cap as ‘catastrophic, cruel and arbitrary’.

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