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.

 

 

 

Refused compensation because she delayed reporting for a week -- finally she wins

Success story

In 1982 Ms B was dragged off the street by a mental patient and held captive in his flat, threatening her with a knife and a gun, while he raped her twice. She became pregnant as a result of the rape. She was refused compensation because she had delayed one week in reporting the attack to the police. WAR helped her appeal making the case that such a delay is normal – in fact, short – and that as a Black woman Ms B and her family had bad experiences of the police, in addition to knowing about problems with the police response to rape; moreover she had been advised against reporting. The police then didn’t turn up to two appeal hearings in 1986 and 1988, resulting in postponement and wasting everyone’s time. Finally in 1991 Ms B got an award, but it was still reduced by a third because of the delay in reporting.

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