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.

 

 

 

Winning legal protection

You encouraged my daughter go to court

Success story

March 28, 2011

I am writing this letter to thank WAR and particularly Sally for the support my daughter and I received during a very difficult time in her life.

The rape, the medical consequences, the threats of retaliation from the assailants family and friends, all the positive outpouring of support avenues and working with the MET were the biggest things I have ever dealt with as a parent.... and my daughter was devastated and overwhelmed by everything going on around her.

I used all the resources I was offered as best I could. Counselling, court visits, lots of phone calls to friends and family. As the time for the trial approached my daughter could not seem to decide to testify. It was intensely painful for her. She knew she wanted to but all the thoughts of what that meant would convince her otherwise.

Tags:

Supporting a woman in prison who stabbed her violent boyfriend

Success story

The husband of a woman in prison contacted us for help.  They had separated after she met another man and went to live with him, but her new boyfriend was continuously violent to her.  His attacks included rape and sexual assaults, stabbing her in the chest and putting a loaded air rifle in her mouth.  On several occasions the police brought her back to the marital home after being called.  Eventually she stabbed her boyfriend after he attacked her yet again with a knife – he survived t

Tags:

Woman moves from mixed psychiatric ward to women-only hostel

Success story

A rape survivor in distress was detained in a mixed psychiatric ward after attending a routine health appointment in a general hospital.  Being sectioned with other distressed people, one of whom hit her, intensified her trauma.  Her section was due to be reviewed by the Mental Health Act tribunal.  WAR sent evidence to the hearing on why this mixed ward was unsuitable, and found her a lawyer to represent her.  Although the psychiatrist at t

Tags:

Ex-wife and prostitute woman join forces against rapist

Success story

In 1989, WAR and the English Collective of Prostitutes supported the ex-wife of a man on trial for raping a prostitute woman.  At that time, the law did not recognize rape within marriage as a crime, which the wife had suffered at his hands, as well as other violence.  When he was convicted, she felt vindicated, and together the two women celebrated the verdict.

Tags:

"Just a domestic"

Success story

A woman raped at knifepoint by her ex-partner delayed in reporting it to the police, because the police had consistently refused to do anything about his previous harassment and violence, and had instead helped him to persecute her (by delivering demands for child support, etc). The woman, who is Black, didn't report the rape at first because she thought she had no evidence, and it would be "her word against his" yet again.

Tags:

Lawyer's letter stops harassment

Success story

A woman sexually assaulted by a man from her social club, with whom she refused to have a sexual relationship. He was a licensed black cab driver. The police heard his side of the story and left a message on her answerphone: "I have been round to see Mr X and the case is now closed"! She could not find a solicitor able to help in her area (east London) but found one in central London with WAR's help, and a warning letter from the lawyer at least put an end to his continuing harassment.

Tags:

CPS apology to woman after murderous rapist husband walks free

Success story

Mrs T, a 33-year-old woman, suffered a severe sexual assault, physical beating, attempted rape and threats to kill by her drunken husband. He was charged with attempted rape and was repeatedly arrested for witness intimidation before the trial. At Crown Court, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to assault causing actual bodily harm and he was given a two-year conditional discharge. Neither Mrs T, nor the police were informed of the date of the trial, nor its outcome.

Tags:

Rape by stepfather -- she fought to get it to court but it was thrown out by the judge

Success story

A recent case of rape in the family we were involved with from beginning to end illustrates the sexism, and when we are women of colour the racism, women face. As a result of threatening to report a decade of rape and assault by her adoptive father, the victim, who is originally from Africa, was threatened with deportation.

Tags:

Office colleague jailed for 10 years

Success story

A woman lured into a building by a stranger when going home after a Christmas drinks party at the office. When she reported it the police kept her in the police station, in shock, with no sleep for 12 hours; she didn't know notes were being taken, and said she had been treated "worse than a criminal". She talked over with WAR what had happened, her worries about going to court, and ongoing concerns about her safety from future attacks.

Tags:

Policeman abused his authority to rape woman

Success story

A young woman raped by a policeman when she went back to his barracks for a safe place to stay after chatting with him at a nightclub. The police -- investigating themselves -- initially lost or jeopardised vital evidence, like the voicemail recording of her distressed call to a friend, failed to take a routine blood sample, etc. They wanted to reduce the charge to indecent assault, trying to persuade her that that was the safest way to ensure he got convicted.

Tags:
Syndicate content