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.




Kenyan woman tortured and made pregnant in detention wins right to stay & benefits

Success story

Ms Q, a student activist, was targeted by soldiers for her and her family's long-standing opposition to the Kenyan government. She suffered rape and violence in detention, and became pregnant. She was forced to leave her child behind when she escaped to the UK. The Home Office rejected her claim citing lack of evidence. But after receiving BWRAP's report, which highlighted how Ms Q was repeatedly raped, beaten and tortured, they granted her refugee status - ending six years of uncertainty. Because Ms Q's solicitor didn't tell her she'd won, she and her children faced further hardship when she lost her vouchers before benefits were re-instated.