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.

 

 

 

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Attorney General to look at evidence of women's sexual history being raised in court

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Press comment from WAR, 27 October 2016

We welcome the proposals by Attorney General to look again at Section 41, and at judges’ training and instruction to juries.

Women Against Rape has campaigned on this issue for many years, to get the law changed so that a woman’s sexual history with men other than the defendant is disallowed. But when the law was introduced in 1999 it did not make that distinction. Section 41 left a number of openings for barristers to continue to raise her sexual history.

We don’t know how often this particular clause in Section 41 is being used – only this one has been publicised. The Ched Evans case has had wide publicity because he is a celebrity footballer and has wealth and social power. We suspect this influenced the decision to allow this woman’s sexual history to be raised.

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High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress

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Woman known as Sarah has compensation increased after she made allegation against husband before changing her mind, under pressure from him

The judge said the victim has been punished unfairly for claims of not cooperating with police. 

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High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress

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Woman known as Sarah has compensation increased after she made allegation against husband before changing her mind, under pressure from him

The judge said the victim has been punished unfairly for claims of not cooperating with police. 

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Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation

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Accused of perverting course of justice, woman to appeal against 70% cut in compensation for her ordeal
Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, released the woman from jail in 2010 in a case that altered the way lawyers treat victims who retract rape claims. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Helen Pidd  The Guardian  Monday 30 May 201612.58 BSTLast modified on Monday 30 May 201613.23 BST

A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting a true allegation of rape is to challenge the compensation awarded to her by a court.
The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

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Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation

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Accused of perverting course of justice, woman to appeal against 70% cut in compensation for her ordeal
Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, released the woman from jail in 2010 in a case that altered the way lawyers treat victims who retract rape claims. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA
Helen Pidd  The Guardian  Monday 30 May 201612.58 BSTLast modified on Monday 30 May 201613.23 BST

A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting a true allegation of rape is to challenge the compensation awarded to her by a court.
The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

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