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

'Don't you want to know why I'm bleeding?' Man convicted of GBH against a Muslim woman, Guardian 2 Aug 06

In the Media
Bilan Mohamud shows the injuries inflicted on her by a neighbour

An assault by a white neighbour on a Muslim woman in London has shown just how difficult it can be for victims of alleged racist attacks to prise open the doors of justice.

Laura Smith
Wednesday August 2, 2006
The Guardian Society


Ian Huntley was not a one-off

In the Media

Fatally lax policing practices allowed Ian Huntley to repeat offend and work at a school. But, shockingly, this is the norm for violence against girls and women, say Claire Glasman and Lisa Longstaff

The Independent, LAW, 6 January 2004

It took the murder of two children in Soham to expose, yet again, how often the police do not act to protect women and girls. In the eight years before he killed Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, there were at least 11 reports of Ian Huntley's sexual offences against young girls and under-age teenagers. Huntley was rarely charged or even interviewed, and he was never convicted. Time after time, the police ignored evidence or failed to make further investigations about Huntley's offending. And, in addition to the reported incidents, several ex-girlfriends have since said that they suffered violence - being beaten unconscious, thrown down stairs - at Huntley's hand.


Ministers deliberately making asylum seekers destitute, say MPs

In the Media

Press Association, Friday March 30, 2007 Guardian Unlimited

Ministers are deliberately making vulnerable asylum seekers destitute, a committee of MPs and peers claimed today. They accused the government of inflicting unacceptable and inhumane treatment, and described the asylum system as a "confusing mess".

A deliberate policy of refusing benefits to some asylum seekers combined with a ban on legal working left many would-be refugees in "appalling" circumstances, a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) said.

It highlighted one case of a destitute Rwandan asylum seeker who suffered bowel cancer and had a colostomy bag but was refused treatment by a hospital and could not even register with a GP.

RAPED, TORTURED… But denied asylum by the UK Home Office

In the Media
Cristel Amiss of Black Women’s Rape Action Project: ‘It’s harder for women to ge

voice_logo.jpgBy Dionne Grant 12 July 2006
Sara peered at them through the slit of her eyes. There were many, big men, vexed and merciless. Her husband, was bound in a corner, staring into blankness, their eyes met. Nothing transpired as she was mounted by the first man. He tore into her, she bore the pain in defiance. The second man came, the pain ripped through her abdomen and slammed into her head. She remained conscious throughout the ordeal – at least up to the point where the third man mounted her. There were many others after him, but her mind soon reached its threshold and she passed out.

A victim of the Congo’s brutal tribal war, her experience was common to the women of her village. Her husband and children were taken away and she was left for dead. She has not heard from them since.


Rape victims denied refuge in Britain

In the Media

Letter published in The Independent, 24 May 2006

Sir: The "soft targets" for deportation are first of all women and children who find it hardest to "disappear" in the system. (" 'Soft targets' picked on for deportation, say refugee campaigners", 18 May).
Just last week, a young woman was removed to an African country after the Home Office and courts refused to accept compelling expert evidence confirming the torture she had suffered. She had turned 17 when she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped by rebel soldiers who killed her mother in front of her. When government troops stormed the rebels' camp, she was imprisoned as a suspected rebel sympathiser and raped again by soldiers.
Like most rape survivors we see, this young woman was disbelieved (the conviction rate for reported rape in Britain is 5.6 per cent). She was forcibly deported despite the protests at the airport by fellow students and others.