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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Supreme Court today: rape victims vs Theresa May and police

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Today 13 March, the Supreme Court will hear a police appeal to overturn a high court decision which protects rape victims.  This shameful appeal is backed by Prime Minister Theresa May. 

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Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

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Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist
The research found a 65% rise in the number of children that are separated from their parents since 2001.

Sandra Laville, The Guardian
Wednesday 18 January 2017 07.00 GMTLast modified on Wednesday 18 January 2017 07.01 GMT

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Hundreds of police in England and Wales accused of sexual abuse

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The Guardian by Jamie Grierson, Thursday 8 December 2016
Watchdog says abuse of victims and suspects is most serious corruption issue facing police service

Domestic abuse victims, alcohol and drug addicts, sex workers and arrested suspects were among those targeted by officers and staff, HMIC said.

Hundreds of police officers are being accused of sexually abusing victims and suspects in what a senior police watchdog has called “the most serious corruption issue facing the service”.

Forces across England and Wales received 436 allegations of abuse of power for sexual gain against 306 police officers, 20 police community support officers and eight staff in the two years to March but inspectors believe the problem is even more prevalent than the numbers suggest.

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'We have to deliver justice': the man who fought for the survivors of Shirley Oaks

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Of all the scandals covered by the child abuse inquiry, the story of Shirley Oaks care home is among the most shocking. Now one former resident is helping others to tell their stories

The people who live there now call it Shirley Oaks Village; it’s an unusually large estate, with lots of new homes, woodland and flat, open fields.

At first glance, nobody would guess it had a past.

There are hints of it on the plaques outside some of the bigger, older properties. Now divided into flats, they were once the heart of a community – and the names of these houses (Birch, Aster, Ivy, The Lodge) may yet become synonymous with cruelty, child abuse, incompetence and cover-up.

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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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