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.

 

 

 

A Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape and sexual assault - Justice is Your Right

Resource

This online version of the Self-Help Guide is a PDF file, to access it you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download free from the internet.  

Click here to download the Self-Help Guide.

To order a paper copy, please send a cheque to 'Women Against Rape', PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU.
Prices: inidividuals £3; unfunded organisations £5; professionals or solidarity price £10. Free to women in prison.

This is a collective effort based on decades of experience of survivors and campaigners. It offers ways to tackle obstacles to justice you many face when reporting violence.

From a user:

I wanted to write to say thank you for the brilliant self-help guide that you have on your website. It was only once I had read it, that I could fully come to terms with the fact that what happened to me was rape. Before this, I was denying the truth, hoping I suppose that if I didn't use this awful, difficult word 'rape' that it would mean it didn't really happen. I am so grateful to you for providing this information for me, and that I found it when I needed it. Thank you again, and I wish you all the strength and determination in this continuing battle.

Contents

(in order to view the different sections of the book you have to download it)
                                                                                   Page                                               

      A self-help guide                                                               2

Some basics of self-help                                                   4

Domestic violence                                                             5

1.   How the law defines rape. What is consent?                    6

2.   I’ve just been raped                                                           7

3.   Should I report the rape?                                                  8

4.   I'm worried about being arrested or deported                   8

5.   Reporting to the police                                                      9

6.   Who will I deal with during the investigation?                   10

7.   The Medical                                                                      13

8.   Giving a statement                                                            17

9.   Written statement or video?                                              18

10. What if they discourage me, press me to
withdraw, or drop the case?
                                             22

11. The police investigation                                                    24

12. What if the police close the case against

my will? (‘No crime.’)                                                               27

13. Keeping informed (bail, etc.)                                             28

14. Consent, drink and drugs                                                  30

15. Can I see the police record of my case?                           32

16. The Crown Prosecution Service                                       33

17. What are the charges?                                                      36

18. If the case goes to court                                                    38

19. Will I get protection?                                                          44

20. Compensation – applying to the Criminal  Injuries
Compensation Authority (CICA)                                        45

21. Complaining about the police                                            49

22. Complaining to the CPS                                                    52

23. Complaining about the judge                                             55

24. Can I sue my attacker?                                                      56

25. Resources                                                                          56

26. Glossary of term                                                                 57

27. Sample summary of a case                                                58

28. Sample diary                                                                      59

 

29. About Women Against Rape                                             60


What people say about the Guide:

"Lucid, to the point. I recommend it." Ian Madonald QC.

"People will grow in confidence and feel less intimidated by the authorities." Sally Freeman, mother of rape survivor.

"I've learnt I am not alone challenging corruption, lies, bias, and incompetance." Anoushka Arabella, rape survivor.

"All who work with survivors should have this Guide." Annie Rose, Independent Sexual Violence Advocate, Respond.

"An incredibly useful tool." Debaleena Dasgupta, solicitor.

"Can make the difference between winning and losing." Cristel Amiss, Black Women's Rape Action Project.

"For men supporting partners and friends, women and men, surviving rape." Giorgio Riva, Payday men's network.

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