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.

 

 

 

Today (poem)

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WAR is grateful to the author of this poem for a sponsored silence she is doing to fundraise for us.

Today  

Today I cried for the millions of women who have been raped.

I cried for the women, who could not scream, and for those who screamed but no one came

 I cried for the millions of women raped in slavery whose screams and souls have gone

I cried for millions of women raped in wars they didn’t cause, by faceless soldiers fighting for peace

I cried for all the survivors still alive and those who have since died, those too young to understand those too old to forget

I cried for the young boys raped by older men whose pain is seldom heard

I cried for those raped by their husbands, lovers, university lecturers, taxi drivers, brothers, strangers, uncles, bosses and friends

I cried for them all

I cried for those brave enough, strong enough, fortunate enough to get justice and for the millions more who will not.

I cried for all the women who were told their skirts were too short, heels too high, shouldn’t have been out so late, or out alone in that part of town, shouldn’t have been so drunk, or high.

I cried for the women who didn’t call their rape a rape or their rapist a rapist I cried for them all.

I cried for those who have never told their own stories except to themselves

I cried for those who feel too numb, or angry, or ashamed or guilty to cry, too scared and scarred to feel anything at all I cried for them all.

Today I cried for all the women who still cannot cry, those who cannot stop, I cried for us all and then I cried for me.

October 2015

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