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.

 

 

 

Court; evidence; survivor;

My experience of using a video link to give evidence in court, by Anushka

I am a survivor of rape and sexual assault, which happened in 2008. It went to court in September 2009, and although I had been threatened by the man’s relatives several times and reported this to the police, they did nothing.

Before the trial the police told me I could give evidence from behind a screen in the courtroom. Or that I could give evidence from a different room using a video link. They didn’t ask me which I preferred, but I said I was prepared to go into court to give evidence. I was not scared of seeing my attacker, but I felt apprehensive about the trial, because I had heard about harsh questioning and humiliation in such trials of women who have been raped.

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