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

Mum makes appeal after rape unit complaints

In the Media

Southwark News 25 June 2009 By Oliver Pugh

[Contact us if you made formal complaint about how rape was investigated by Southwark Sapphire Unit war@womenagainstrape.net]

The mum of a fifteen-year-old rape victim at the centre of a ‘botched’ investigation by Southwark police has appealed for two new victims to come to her support group, after they made similar complaints to a police watchdog.

The two new complaints about Southwark’s Sapphire Unit were lodged in May and, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), they concerned alleged rapes in that month.

Tags:

Landmark damages for rape survivor detained unlawfully

Listen to the radio interview below

Guardian headline: Asylum seeker illegally detained in UKA woman rape survivor has won unprecedented damages for being unlawfully detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Ms B, who fled Cameroon having suffered rape and other torture was detained in December 2006 shortly after her arrival in the UK. She reported to the authorities that she was a rape survivor and according to detention rules should have been seen by a “medical practitioner” within 24 hours [1]. Her report of rape was ignored and she was put on the “fast track” for removal [2].


6:08 minutes (4.22 MB)
Tags:

Rwanda rape victim in brave fight to help others

In the Media

Stella Mpaka, of Women Against Rape, is now helping others to overcome their personal nightmares.

Ham & High 24 logo

 14 May 2009

Your article (Camden group's battle to prioritise a heinous crime, H&H April 2) showed some of Women Against Rape's (WAR) ground breaking work winning justice for rape survivors. I can personally testify to the life-saving support provided to women like me.

I am a rape survivor from Rwanda. My family fled because of the genocide. We later returned thinking it was safe, but in 2000 my father 'disappeared' and my family fled again.

Tags:

Black cab rapist John Worboys jailed for at least eight years

In the Media

The Times, April 22, 2009 Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent

A taxi driver feared to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex attackers was jailed indefinitely yesterday for drugging and assaulting a string of women in his cab.

John Worboys, 51, a former stripper, was told at Croydon Crown court that he would serve a minimum of eight years by a judge who said he had “perfected a web of deceit” to ensnare young women.

Detectives believe that he could have attacked as many as 500 women during a 12-year-career as a London taxi driver. Since he was charged 75 have told police they believe they too were attacked by Worboys and since the trial more than 40 others have come forward.

He would tell his female passengers that he had won money at the casino, showing them a wad of cash, and then offer them spiked drinks, usually champagne, before sexually assaulting them.

Tags:

Camden group's battle to prioritise a heinous crime

In the Media

Those who help victims of rape need more funding, says Lisa Longstaff of Camden's Women Against Rape team

Viewpoint, Hampstead & Highgate Express, 2 April 2009

Lisa194cropHHart.JPGYour readers may have seen the widespread coverage of police negligence in the recent cases of convicted serial rapists Worboys and Reid.

Based in Camden for over 30 years, WAR has spearheaded a movement of rape survivors demanding justice from the criminal justice system. In those years while fighting many individual cases, we have

-- won recognition that rape in marriage is a crime (1991).

-- helped bring the first successful private prosecution for rape (1995).

Tags:

Rape victims don't want tea and sympathy but protection and justice

In the Media

DSC04318LisaGDN.JPGDespite claims of 'progress', conviction rates for rape and violent crime have not risen, says Lisa Longstaff

The Guardian, Thursday 2 April 2009 

Following the disasters of the John Worboys and Kirk Reid rape cases, assistant Met commissioner John Yates admits that "nothing can excuse the failure to follow up straightforward lines of inquiry" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/26/john-yates-police Reinventing our response, 27 March).

But he tries to soften the blow by quoting a victim of Worboys - caught after years and maybe hundreds of victims - who told officers: "The most amazing thing you said when I first called up was, 'You will be believed.'"

Tags: