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.

 

 

 

Letter in the Guardian:Race, class, gender and grooming

In the Media

Letters, the Guardian Saturday 12 May 2012

Martin Narey has called for an inquiry into the "over-representation by Asian men in child exploitation" (Grooming offences committed mostly by Asian men, says ex-Barnardo's chief, 9 May). What does he know about child exploitation? As former director general of the prison service and assistant governor of Deerbolt prison, Narey failed to apologise for the widespread rape and beating of children when it was brought into the open on his watch (How did Neville Husband get away with the horrific abuse of teenagers in his care?, Weekend, 14 April). Narey's racist spotlight on Asian men conveniently obscures the action and inaction of police, CPS and social workers who allowed the rape of more than 40 children over years. Why didn't they stop it?

Your editorial asks the question but blames "the poor, chaotic family lives of the victims. This is about class, not race". Does that mean police and others ignored the child who described what was being done to her four years ago because of her class? Whenever a serial rape hits the news the agencies of the state claim it couldn't happen now. But it does happen, because they allow it. Last month, Brian Witty, a white ex-military banker, was convicted of four sex attacks (Report, 24 April). The first was reported in 1995. The victims were not children in care. What was the excuse then?

The response to serial rapists, whatever their class or colour, is a serial disregard for victims. Those who report more than once are more likely to be dismissed and some are even prosecuted while their attackers are free to rape again. We are campaigning to overturn two miscarriages of justice against rape victims imprisoned after they refused to retract their allegations despite police pressure. And Michael Doherty – prosecuted for harassing the police after he complained of inaction when he reported that a stranger was grooming his teenage daughter – is taking a private prosecution against an officer. Predictably the CPS wants the prosecution dropped. When will police, prosecutors and social workers who allow rape to go on for years be sacked and prosecuted for aiding and abetting rapists? That would be change.

Cristel Amiss Black Women's Rape Action Project, Kiki Axelsson Women Against Rape, Nina López Legal Action for Women

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