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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Police pay compensation in precedent rape claim

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PRESS RELEASE

A landmark civil suit was settled on recently with the Metropolitan police paying £15,000 damages to a woman whose rape when she was 15 was badly mishandled by a police Sapphire Team in Southwark, London. With the scandals in the news of scores of girls raped over years in Rochdale, Rotherham and by Jimmy Savile (and possibly his associates), this case puts the spotlight on the flagship Sapphire Rape Units.

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Rapist Brian Witty jailed indefinitely

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Former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain is told he must serve a minimum of eight years

Press Association
guardian.co.uk, Friday 25 May 2012 14.53 BST

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Brian Witty, who attacked two women he met on a dating website and two more he met in bars. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A former soldier who carried out a string of sex attacks has been jailed indefinitely.

Judge Nicholas Price QC described Brian Witty, 41, as a "predatory rapist" as he told the former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain he would serve at least eight years before he could be considered for release.

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Brian Witty rape victim feared he would kill her after being released

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Miss C said she was distraught when police initially decided not to prosecute Witty and lost her job after becoming depressed

Rachel Williams
The Guardian, Friday 25 May 2012 16.43 BST

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Brian Witty has been jailed for three rapes and one sexual assault between 1995 and 2011. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A victim of a serial rapist who was jailed indefinitely on Friday has told how she was so scared he would strike again after police initially released him without charge that for a year she slept in her bathroom, her only room she could lock.

The woman, Miss C, said she considered suicide after being told there was not enough evidence to prosecute Brian Witty, a banker and former Territorial Army captain. She became depressed and lost her job, and has hardly worked since.

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Layla's story: jailed after reporting a sexual assault

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In 2009, Layla Ibrahim told police she had been the victim of a savage sexual assault. So why did she end up in jail?

Simon Hattenstone and Afua Hirsch
The Guardian, Friday 12 August 2011 23.02 BST

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Layla Ibrahim: After initially seeming sympathetic, police then talked about inconsistencies in her evidence. Photograph: Courtesy Sandra Allen

Sara Ibrahim says that since the day her little sister Layla was sent to prison, her family has been faced with a simple choice: "Do we give up and just get on with our lives, or do we clear her name? And we've decided if it takes the rest of our lives, that's what we'll do – we'll clear her name."

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Should Julian Assange be extradited?

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The author, critic and playwright Bonnie Greer and Lisa Longstaff, from the advocacy group Women Against Rape, debate the fate of the WikiLeaks boss
 

olly.jpgOliver LaughlandThe Guardian, Friday 24 August 2012 20.59 BST

 

 

 

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