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.

 

 

 

Some unbelievably good news – Betty and her children reunited

Success story
Betty
Betty

STOP PRESS: Betty and her children win compensation for unlawful detention and for violence and abuse from Immigration Guards!!!


Some of you may know Betty A, a regular volunteer at the Centre where Women Against Rape (WAR) is based, who has been fighting for asylum for eight years.  Betty is a rape survivor and mother of five.  In July 2006, two months after Betty was illegally deported to Uganda with her five children, she was kidnapped and tortured by security agents.

She escaped from the boot of the car taking her to be killed, and eventually managed to make it back to Britain.  Tragically she had no choice but to leave her children behind.

With WAR’s help, Betty applied again for asylum but during the two long years we were fighting the case, only her second youngest son who had a British passport, was able to join her from Uganda.  The other four, a 16-year-old daughter, and three younger sons including a baby under a year old, were left destitute.  They had to fend for themselves until almost a year ago when we were able, through Sister Joan Faber, a nun who volunteers with us, to provide some support through her sister community in Uganda.  Together with Sister Joan, we fundraised to pay a sum each month to feed and support the children and for a few months even to send them to school. 

All four children have suffered terribly whilst deprived of their mothers’ care and protection.  We were all distraught when Betty got a letter after many months of not even knowing where or how her children were living, from her daughter saying she had suffered rape when she tried to earn money to support the younger ones.  Her eldest son was injured trying to do a man’s job of carrying stones, the youngest – a baby – has a walking disability and has repeatedly been desperately sick with malaria.     

We share Betty’s fury at the unspeakable brutality and injustice that so many women and our loved ones experience as a result of government policies. Nothing can undo this suffering of the children and of their mother.   

Suddenly in November last year we got the astonishing news that Betty had won her case.  We raised more money to pay for visas for her children and on Wednesday the children arrived in England.  We hope that this particular agony for Betty and her children and for all of us who love her is over.  We cannot thank enough our many friends, who at each stage, when they saw we were determined to help, but had no money to do so, put their hands in their pockets and gave generously.

Betty said:

When I got deported Women Against Rape didn’t drop me, they stayed in touch with me, calling me in Uganda asking Betty how are you, what is happening to you.  When I got back to the UK we had to start from scratch and fight for me to be able to claim asylum. 

Sometimes during that time I was so upset and so depressed I couldn’t face anything.  I would call the Centre and they would tell me you have to be strong, we are here for you and they would help me work out what I had to do next.  When my children come I want to stand them in the middle of this Centre to tell them that it is because of these people you are here. This is the truth from the bottom of my heart.

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