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.

 

 

 

Slutwalk

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Piccadilly, London

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d_reasonably_small.jpgWAR will be taking part in the Slutwalk on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, London, and speaking at the rally.

In January, police officer Michael Sanguinetti told students at a Toronto Law School that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised." Thousands of women protested in the first Slutwalk in Toronto. Their manifesto said: "We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault."

We are delighted that women in a number of countries are marching against the police trying, once again, to blame the victim for the crime. Since 1976 we have been campaigning for all rape to be taken seriously. One of our first slogans was, "However we dress, wherever we go. Yes means yes, and no means no."

We are all entitled to protection and justice, whoever we are – wives, partners, children raped in the family or institutions, teenage girls, older women, sex workers, women of colour, immigrants or asylum seekers, women with disabilities, single mums, working class, lesbian/bi/trans/queer, women who were drunk or drugged, men raped by other men – and whatever our income or occupation.

The anti-rape movement has shifted public opinion and won changes to the rape law and to prosecution policies. But implementation is still appalling. Over 90% of rape is never reported and only 6.5% of reported rape leads to a conviction. While most rapists get away with it, we face an increasing trend towards jailing rape victims accused of lying after a negligent and biased investigation into their rape.

The organisers of Slutwalk London are determined that this movement be inclusive and make concrete demands. So please bring your placards and banners to convey your experiences and demands for change.

Meet 1pm Piccadilly (near Hard Rock Cafe - look out for WAR's green banner). Then walk, roll, holler or stomp to Trafalgar Square.

Info: http://slutwalklondon.tumblr.com/ Facebook: SlutWalkLondonUK Twitter: SlutWalkLondon

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