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.

 

 

 

In the Media

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

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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?

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'It's your lucky day': City banker's words to 'victim of sex attack'

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Brian Witty, 41, tells jurors he 'must have a poor judge of character'
Former Captain in the Paras says alleged victims 'must have a screw loose'
He denies three counts of rape and one of sexual assault

By COLIN FERNANDEZ
PUBLISHED: 22:27, 11 April 2012 | UPDATED: 09:44, 12 April 2012
Daily Mail

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Unreported rapes: the silent shame - Mumsnet survey

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NINA LAKHANI, Independent, MONDAY 12 MARCH 2012

The devastating scale of sexual violence against women in Britain is exposed today by new research which indicates that the vast majority of victims do not report perpetrators to the police.
One in 10 women has been raped, and more than a third subjected to sexual assault, according to a major survey, which also highlights just how frightened women are of not being believed. More than 80 per cent of the 1,600 respondents said they did not report their assault to the police, while 29 per cent said they told nobody – not even a friend or family member – of their ordeal.

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From Yarl’s Wood to freedom via the Crossroads Centre

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3550866940.jpgA woman from Rwanda has been re-united with her family, ten years after she fled the country, with the help of the Crossroads Centre.

Last October, Titti Flavia saw her children for the first time in 10 years. She had lost contact with them after fleeing her home in Rwanda, where soldiers had attacked her family and taken and killed her husband, who was active in the opposition. Flavia escaped to the UK and hoped that she would find her children and be reunited once she was safe.

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Abused women need support, not more consultation

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Plans to redefine domestic violence are disingenuous given the cuts to services that abused women need

Lisa Longstaff
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 17 December 2011 11.00 GMT
view this article on Guardian Comment is Free
 

Domestic violence must become a priority for policing and financial support.

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Facebook encourages rape - our comment

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Thousands have demanded the removal of an offensive Facebook page 'You know she's playing hard to get when you're chasing her down an alley'.

This is our comment:

Why did two men who posted messages during the summer riots get four years in prison, but these promoters of rape are allowed to continue while Facebook defends them as 'free speech'?

Given that rape is common and that most rapists get away with it, joking about it is dangerous and offensive. And for Facebook to be making money out of this (since they are a commercial company) is disgusting. Survivors find it particularly upsetting, but women generally are also sick of the assumption that we are fair game for sexual violence and accused of having no sense of humour when we object. Rape is no laughing matter for women and shouldn't be for men unless they are rapists or aspire to be.

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