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.

 

 

 

false allegations or miscarriages of justice

Rhiannon Brooker – victim not only of rape but of a miscarriage of justice

PRESS RELEASE     Women Against Rape in court with Ms Brooker
Tel: 020 7482 2496 Email war@womenagainstrape.net www.womenagainstrape.net

Rhiannon Brooker, mother of an eight month old child has been convicted at Bristol Crown Court of perverting the course of justice after she reported a series of rapes and domestic violence by her then boyfriend Paul Fensome. She was prosecuted contrary to CPS guidelines.

A WAR spokesperson, who attended key parts of the trial, acted as a court monitor and supported Ms Brooker, said:

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PRESS RELEASE: 27 organisations urge DPP not to prosecute rape victims

Twenty-seven organisations, including rape crisis centres and women’s aid groups, have written to Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), alarmed by rising prosecutions of women for supposed false allegations of rape or domestic violence. They say that such prosecutions are not in the public interest and that they are deterring rape survivors from coming forward.

There are no official figures of how many women are prosecuted for allegedly making a false allegation of rape, but the media has reported about three prosecutions per month in 2010/2011 – an alarming rise compared to around one every two months in 2006/2007.

The organisations joined Women Against Rape in a common response to a CPS consultation on Interim Guidelines for prosecutors. In their letter, (read here) they state that:

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