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.

 

 

 

Legal Precedents

Legal Precedents

Rape survivors seek asylum

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An important legal precedent for rape survivors seeking asylum was won in the High Court in 1997.  Mr Justice Sullivan ruled that the previous Home Secretary had been wrong not to consider new evidence provided by a young Ugandan woman about the multiple rape and other violence she suffered from soldiers as a "fresh claim" for asylum. 

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Marital rape ruled illegal by law lords

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"Wave of prosecutions will follow" front page of The Times,  24 Oct 1991

Five law lords unanimously swept away the 250-year old notion that women agree to sexual intercourse on marriage and cannot retract their consent . . .

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Two women win the first private prosecution for rape in England and Wales

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"Rapist jailed after prostitutes bring private prosecution" reported in The Independent, 20 September 1995

Two women who brought the first private prosecution for rape and indecent assault after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped their cases saw their attacker jailed for 14 years yesterday.

Coming the week after a London family – in another private prosecution – succeeded in committing for trail two men accused of killing their son, the case again calls into question the CPS’s judgement and code of practice. . .

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A landmark victory for a rape victim from Uganda

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In a landmark victory, a rape victim from Uganda has won the right to stay in the UK, a political precedent set by grassroots women

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