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 asylum

Sikh woman raped & tortured by police in India wins Leave to Remain

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After the disappearance of Ms Z's husband, a Sikh nationalist, Ms Z was subjected to four years' persecution by the Indian police. She was repeatedly detained and raped at gunpoint by officers, who tortured her, trying to get information. They threatened to kill her if she told anyone. The Home Office refused Ms Z's claim because India is considered "safe"; however the Adjudicator acknowledged that she had suffered rape, and would not be protected by the Indian authorities, so granted ELR.

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Woman beaten & abandoned by husband after London Adjudicator reveals details of police raping her in Turkey

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Active on human rights in Turkey, Ms P was detained twice by police. She was brutally gang-raped at gunpoint as well as repeatedly beaten and interrogated. Ms P was unable to speak to anyone about it, and under cross-examination at her appeal hearing became visibly distressed. The Adjudicator forced Ms P to continue.

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Roma girl had been gang-raped at aged 12 in Poland -- her family wins Exceptional Leave to Remain in UK

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Another Roma woman fled Poland with her daughter, who was brutally gang-raped when she was just 12. Despite a history of racism, murder and other violence, the HO initially rejected the family's claim, but conceded ELR when the Adjudicator quoted WAR's report, finding "compelling compassionate grounds" why they should not be returned.

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Home Office disputed Ms X's credibility, claiming that Roma people in Poland have state protection

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Ms X's family experienced many years of racism and abuse in Poland because they were Roma. As a teenager Ms X was gang-raped and injured in a racist attack; she became pregnant and had a daughter, who was racially harassed once she started school. The HO disputed Ms X's credibility, claiming that Roma people in Poland have state protection. The Adjudicator awarded full refugee status, which Ms X's lawyer described as a "first" for some years.

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Activist raped in detention in Kenya wins refugee status & benefits

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Ms Q, a student activist, was targeted by soldiers for her and her family's long-standing opposition to the Kenyan government. She suffered rape and violence in detention, and became pregnant. She was forced to leave her child behind when she escaped to the UK. The Home Office rejected her claim citing lack of evidence. But after receiving BWRAP's report, which highlighted how Ms Q was repeatedly raped, beaten and tortured, they granted her refugee status -- ending six years of uncertainty.

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Some unbelievably good news – Betty and her children reunited

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Betty

STOP PRESS: Betty and her children win compensation for unlawful detention and for violence and abuse from Immigration Guards!!!


Some of you may know Betty A, a regular volunteer at the Centre where Women Against Rape (WAR) is based, who has been fighting for asylum for eight years.  Betty is a rape survivor and mother of five.  In July 2006, two months after Betty was illegally deported to Uganda with her five children, she was kidnapped and tortured by security agents.

She escaped from the boot of the car taking her to be killed, and eventually managed to make it back to Britain.  Tragically she had no choice but to leave her children behind.

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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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