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.

 

 

 

International Women's Day

Join us on the Mothers March and Speak Out, central London, 12 March

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Dear friends,

We invite you to the Mothers March and Speak Out on Saturday 12 March which we have endorsed.  Many rape survivors took part last year; we hope many will again.  We want to make visible the experiences of mothers and other carers who are rape survivors, or whose children are rape survivors, and how fighting for justice and protection is part of the caring work we do for our loved ones.  Over 90% of rapists go free, while increasingly rape victims are being jailed for so-called false allegations. 

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International Women's Day 8 March 08 - Picket Serco "Close down Yarl's Wood & all Detention Centres"

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Serco is the company that owns Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre where up to 405 women, children and men seeking asylum are detained at any time.  Legal Action for Women found that 70% of those detained reported being survivors of rape.   Women and their families are held in appalling conditions, and describe being subject to racist and sexist physical and verbal abuse.  They also state that the food served is inadequate, and that necessary items are sold at extortionate prices. Women have also complained that staff members have interfered with their attempts to contact their lawyers.

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