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.

 

 

 

Latest news on Noela Claye

 image001.jpgMs Claye speaking outside the Houses of Parliament, Friday 7 March, at a 1000 strong demonstration organised by Justice Alliance, against the legal aid cuts.  

In her first public speech, Ms Claye, a rape survivor from Sierra Leone, talked about how the legal aid cuts made her experience of going to court much more traumatic. She had been denied expert legal representation and psychiatric evidence which would have recorded and corroborated her experiences, so she was forced to go through the details of the rape in front of the judge. She faced vigorous and at times cruel cross-examination and broke down frequently. Without the support of the All African Women’s Group (AAWG) and Women Against Rape (WAR) who appeared as a witness, Ms Claye said she would never have got through it. A great cheer went up when the audience heard that she won her appeal. But this quickly turned to outrage when Ms Claye described that, because the Home Office had appealed, she was going to have to go through it all again at another hearing and still without legal aid. 

Ms Claye, together with AAWG and WAR, joined the march from Parliament which stopped off at the Liberal Democrat Headquarters to hand-deliver 100 testimonies gathered by the Justice Alliance demanding Nick Clegg implements his party’s policy to halt the legal aid cuts. Ms Claye and other speakers then delivered the 1215 Magna Carta with the message “'To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice” to Chris Grayling at the Minister of Justice. To much hilarity the giant effigy of the Minister (pictured above) was then banned from entering the building by security guards!

There’s still time to write to Theresa May to demand she withdraws the appeal against Ms Claye.

For more information about the campaign to save legal aid and the demonstration see here: http://justiceallianceuk.wordpress.com/

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Photo credit: Peter Marshall, Demotix

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