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.

 

 

 

Meet US Prof. Lisa Avalos re new research on prosecution of rape survivors - 23 Sept 2013

Women Against Rape invites you to the launch of new research on how rape victims, rather than rapists, are being prosecuted in the USA.

The findings of ‘False Reports of Sexual Assault,
Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options’

will be presented by

Guest speaker: Lisa R. Avalos*,
Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law

6.30pm, Monday 23 September 2013

at Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX. Wheelchair access
More info: Tel 020 7482 2496

Entrance: Researchers and other professionals: £20
Rape survivors and grassroots campaigners: Free
Space is limited so please book in advance

The drive to prosecute women reporting rape for alleged false allegations is the biggest setback in 30 years in the authorities’ response to rape survivors demanding justice. WAR has been campaigning against these prosecutions in the UK. We have also been working with Professor Avalos to uncover a similar situation in the US.

Many women suffer the double miscarriage of justice of being imprisoned while their attacker goes free. As over 90% of rapists are never prosecuted, the implications of prosecuting rape victims instead are profound –

• women, children and families are devastated
• rape victims wrongly convicted are more likely to be attacked again
• women are further deterred from reporting rape
• violent men are spurred on by their impunity
• sexism and other bias within the police and the whole the criminal justice system is reinforced

Our campaign influenced the 2011 Guidance to Prosecutors, putting a brake on the zeal to prosecute women and forcing the Crown Prosecution Service to reveal the true numbers of prosecutions in 2013.

Public outrage over the refusal to prosecute serial rapists of women and children – from Jimmy Savile to children homes in Wales, and groups of men in Oxford and Rochdale – has helped expose the disgraceful way victims have been treated by the authorities.

Come and hear the realities behind the headlines in the US and UK. How many women have been charged and convicted of false allegations of rape? Who are they, and what really happened? What has women’s real experience been of trying to get justice, and have things changed?

We are using this information to strengthen and widen the movement for an end to prejudiced policies and practices, and for justice for rape survivors.

*More info on Lisa R. Avalos Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern; J.D., New York University

**See WAR’s Justice is Your Right – A self help guide to survivors of rape & sexual assault & their supporters

 

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