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.

 

 

 

Jamaica

Neisha Hemmings, speaking at the House of Commons, 14 January, 2010

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transcripts.jpgI was in Yarl’s Wood for five months and came out in December 2009. I seek asylum from Jamaica cause I am a lesbian, and in my tribunal case, my partner came and she gave evidence and everything. I’ve given all my letters of support, all my evidence, and in my determination I was told that they didn’t believe that I was a lesbian, but the judge believed my partner (laughter). I have been refused. In the determination, they refused me ‘cause, what happens is that when the judge decided my first case – every other judge is going on that same decision.

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Can You Hear us? Michelle, 14 January 2010

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image045.pngI’ve lived in the UK for almost nine years now.  I’ve got my indefinite to remain in this country.  I was sentenced to two years in prison for shop lifting which I did because I had to support my children and also because my husband is very abusive to me.  I have two children that were born in this country, one of which is six years, however I was still served with a deportation order while I was in prison.  And I was detained for eight and a half months in Yarl’s Wood.   My children were put with a family friend and were being supervised by social services.

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