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

Revealed: the scale of sexual abuse by police officers

In the Media

Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds sexual predators in police are abusing their power to target victims of crime

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, Friday 29 June 2012 16.32 BST

Northumbria police constable Stephen Mitchell, who was jailed for life after admitting charges of rape, indecent assault and misconduct in public office. Photograph: North News & Pictures

Sexual predators in the police are abusing their power to target victims of crime they are supposed to be helping, as well as fellow officers and female staff, the Guardian can reveal.

An investigation into the scale and extent of the problem suggests sexual misconduct could be more widespread than previously believed.


Former Met police officer admits failing to investigate rape cases

In the Media

Ryan Coleman-Farrow faked police reports, failed to pass on evidence and falsely claimed to have interviewed suspects

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, Wednesday 12 September 2012 14.51 BST

An investigator from the Metropolitan police specialist sex crimes unit has admitted failing to investigate the alleged rapes and sexual assaults of 12 women by faking police reports, failing to pass on forensic evidence and not interviewing suspects.


63 rape and sexual assault cases to be looked at again

In the Media

63 rape and sexual assault cases to be looked at again by the Met, as detective constable is arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice

Camden New Journal, Published: 14 June, 2012 by RICHARD OSLEY and PAVAN AMARA

SCORES of rape and sexual assault investigations are under review after a detective constable was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The officer was arrested on Friday, three weeks after being suspended from work.

Concerns had been raised by senior colleagues in the Sapphire Unit, a team that investigates sex crimes across Camden and Islington.

Two properties were searched following the arrest by the Directorate of Professional Standards (IPS).  The officer, who has not been named, was later released on bail. 


Rapes not being properly investigated, claims report

In the Media

 The Times, 28 Feb 2012

Watchdog says serial attackers could be missed

Richard Ford Home Correspondent

Serious failings in police investigations of alleged rapes are undermining the chances of convicting serial attackers, according to a report published today.