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.

 

 

 

Suffer the Little Children Stopping forced separations of children from mothers in UK and US

Event

Start and End Dates

Location

Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, SW1A 2LW

Entry price

free

Tuesday 7 June 2016 6.30 - 8.30pm

Kindly sponsored by Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead & Kilburn
Guest speaker: Richard Wexler, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, USA, and author of Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse
Other speakers: Cristel Amiss, Black Women’s Rape Action Project Nicola Mann, Women Against Rape

Anne Neale, Legal Action for Women Kim Sparrow, Single Mothers’ Self Defence Mothers fighting for their children
Suffer the Little Children – a Dossier by Legal Action for Women documenting mothers’ struggle in the family courts in England, will be launched at the meeting.

tube: Westminster All welcome.
Portcullis House is part of the Houses of Parliament - please allow time to go through security

Following the US-model, forced separations of mothers and children have increased massively in the UK in the past 20 years, especially against those of us on low incomes, of colour, immigrant, teenagers, with learning difficulties … Sexism, racism, domestic violence, usually suffered by the mother, poverty, homelessness … all influence decisions to remove children from their mothers. Everyone knows that mothers are children’s first line of protection and defence, but this is increasingly denied.

Early intervention by the state in the name of protecting children has led to cruel and traumatic separation rather than compassionate support. One third of children report being abused while in care. It has spawned an industry which feeds on the attack on parents’ capacity to raise their own children. As “emotional abuse and neglect” have become a more common basis for intervention than physical or sexual abuse, the discretionary powers of social workers have dangerously expanded. In Scotland, the new ‘Named Person’ legislation is being challenged in the Supreme Court as it raises concerns that the state is undermining families by taking parenting powers upon itself.

A child protection social worker warns us about the government’s latest plans:

The “undeserving poor” have lost their council homes; lost their benefits and lost their community services; why not make it easier to lose their children too?

But mothers, grandmothers and other carers in the US and UK are forming self-help groups and fighting back.

Called by: Legal Action for Women  law@allwomencount.net 020 7482 2496 http://legalactionforwomen.net
 

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