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.




Prostitute woman with no convictions suffers 25% reduction for rape because of "unlawful conduct"

Success story

In 1996 Ms P was working as a prostitute when she was repeatedly raped, assaulted and robbed by a client. She reported this to the police immediately. Her attacker was convicted. The CICA refused compensation because "in this case, it is considered that evidence of your unlawful conduct makes it inappropriate that you should receive any award from public funds". Ms P with WAR’s help requested a review pointing out that she had no criminal convictions and that her severe injuries and the long term psychological effect had not been given any consideration. Also, we wrote that prostitute women are entitled to say no to unwanted sex and should be able to rely on the same legal protection against violence. The CICA Review awarded her £7,500 but reduced it by 25% because of her "unlawful conduct". We advised her to appeal the reduction but she decided not to.