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.

 

 

 

CPS apology to woman after murderous rapist husband walks free

Success story

Mrs T, a 33-year-old woman, suffered a severe sexual assault, physical beating, attempted rape and threats to kill by her drunken husband. He was charged with attempted rape and was repeatedly arrested for witness intimidation before the trial. At Crown Court, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to assault causing actual bodily harm and he was given a two-year conditional discharge. Neither Mrs T, nor the police were informed of the date of the trial, nor its outcome. Her husband then waged a terrifying campaign of harassment, culminating in a plot to have his estranged wife kidnapped and gang raped while he videoed the attack. A witness reported this to police. But even then the man was not prosecuted properly, the CPS lost the file and the key witness fled the country. Charges were eventually reduced again because Mrs T could not face giving evidence - having to endure cross-examination about her sex life with her ex-husband. He received a suspended two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to harassment. With the help of Women Against Rape, Mrs T complained to the CPS (who apologised) and asked the Attorney General to investigate the way her case was mismanaged. She reported her experiences in our public meeting to keep women’s sexual history out of rape trials in the House of Commons and we sent a report of her experiences to the Home Secretary demanding that victims of rape be central to the prosecution of their attacker. "I was right at the bottom of their list of priorities. I was basically a nonentity," she said.

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