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.

 

 

 

Response to Ken Clarke in Evening Standard, 20 May 2011

In the Media

Ken Clarke's comments, were arrogant and ignorant. It took us 15 years of campaigning to get the law to recognise that rape in marriage is a crime, that sex without consent is rape whatever the relationship with the attacker. The injury and suffering that
result are not less just because you know your assailant. It was also outrageous of Clarke to mix up consenting sex between teenagers with rape.
The sentence for a supposed false allegation of rape is three or four years - more than the Justice Secretary appears to want now as the punishment for some rape.
Reducing the prison population is a laudable aim but why not cut sentences for non-violent offences? 70 per cent of prisoners are there for non-violent crimes. Over 60 per cent of women prisoners are mothers, the majority jailed for crimes of poverty such as petty theft or sex work.

Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape

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