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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Where the MPs' expenses money would have been better spent

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Public money should be used to give the most vulnerable a safety net, not to line pockets of the already affluent, writes Rowenna Davis

Guardian, JoePublic blog

As the moats, horse manure, chandeliers and duck houses have come pouring out of the Westminster expenses bag over the last fortnight, I have been working on a series of interviews with asylum seekers. The power inequalities couldn't be more pronounced. While those at the top are getting more than they are entitled to, those at the bottom are consistently getting less than they deserve.

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The rapists' best friend

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Comment & Debate
The Worboys case is a familiar catalogue of police incompetence, laziness and prejudice, Lisa Longstaff
The Guardian, Saturday 14 March 2009

If the Sapphire unit - set up by the Metropolitan police to focus exclusively on sexual offences - had been created to protect John Worboys, the taxi driver found guilty yesterday of a series of rapes and assaults, it couldn't have done a better job. We are unfortunately very familiar with such a catalogue of police incompetence, laziness, prejudice and even hostility.

Despite decades of campaigning publicly and privately for the police to take rape seriously, all we have seen is a series of public relations exercises that change nothing. Rape continues to be deprioritised. Each time we complain we are told that rape is particularly difficult to prove. But the blunders are glaring and always the same.

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'Rape victim told to show duvet to police' Independent, 2 Oct 08

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Independent
'Insensitive' treatment of teenager highlights low conviction rates
By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, Independent
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Met Police accused of protecting staff against rape allegations, Times Online Jan 09

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The Times
January 10, 2009
Metropolitan Police accused of protecting staff against rape allegations
Michael Gillard

The Metropolitan Police was accused last night of shielding officers against accusations of rape after it emerged that dozens of complaints had not resulted in a single conviction over the past five years.
The figures, obtained by The Times, also show that since 2000 only 1 per cent of all public complaints of rape and sexual assault against Met staff were upheld by an internal police investigation.
Even then, a quarter of those who faced a disciplinary board were allowed to resign before any hearing and with police pension intact.

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My sister was killed while the police did nothing, Observer 11 March 07

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The killings shocked the country: women murdered by ex-partners despite warnings of stalking to the police. David Rose investigates how the tragedies happened and learns of the families' search for justice

Sunday March 11, 2007

One in three people blame women for being raped, finds Amnesty survey

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WAR and women in our network gave substantial interviews on this issue on 21 November 2005 on:

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