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.




Inconsistencies in testimony of Kurdish woman raped by police in Turkey arose from Rape Trauma

Success story

December 2001
Rape was acknowledged as grounds for asylum when a Special Adjudicator at an appeal hearing upheld the right to asylum in Britain of Ms X, a Kurdish woman from Turkey gang-raped by Turkish police. This hearing determined that inconsistencies in her testimony arose from Rape Trauma Syndrome.  Highlights of Determination