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.

 

 

 

Fantastic News from Maureen M, one of our dedicated volunteers.

“ Many of you may be familiar with my story but in case you aren’t I tell some of it here. In November 2007, I won the right to stay after four long years of fighting even to get my asylum case heard. My four children were lost in Burundi where I was forced to leave them when I fled for my life after being imprisoned, raped and tortured.

“Any spare penny that I had since coming to the UK was spent looking for my children. When I won the right to stay I renewed my efforts. I found a reliable man who has some experience in detective work who was ready to search. In July 2008, he located three of them in Uganda. They had been sent there for safety by the family friend I left them with when I had to leave because of being raped and tortured in detention. I was over the moon but I kept thinking that I was dreaming. I would wake up to check if it was really true! All the time I kept thinking that I will be told that it was a bad joke being played on me.

“At first, contact with my children was very difficult. I spent a few harrowing days waiting for confirmation that the children who had been found were really my kids. Extraordinarily, they had changed their names and kept their identity secret because of fear that they would be targeted too. They were deeply traumatised by being separated from me for so long. For all those years they hadn’t known if I was alive or dead. It has been hard to re-establish the relationship after all this time. I tried to explain why I had to leave and deal with their fury at being abandoned. I understood as I also blamed myself all the time. I was devastated but I kept on. My oldest carried the burden of caring for the others; my girl has become a teenager without my guidance, love and support; my youngest was crushed by my disappearance. All who know my children agree that they are lovely, brave, extraordinary children. I am desperate to be reunited with them so we can begin the process of bonding again.

“I got indefinite leave to remain under the Legacy programme (rather than full refugee status which I should have got years ago) so I have no automatic right to family reunion. So with the help of Women Against Rape, I am applying for settlement visas for the children to join me. We are waiting for the outcome of their applications.

Maureen on hearing that she won her case

Help traumatised mother find her children

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