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.




Two mothers forced to leave their children behind after rape by police and soldiers in Ethiopia and Uganda

Success story

Ms B from Ethiopia and Ms T from Uganda are fighting for full refugee status and appealing against ELR, in order to win their right to family reunion.  Both women were raped in detention – one by police, the other by soldiers – and were forced to flee leaving their children behind.  Ms B was detained and raped by police because of her political activities opposing the Ethiopian government’s persecution of the Hadiye people.  The Home Office initially rejected her claim saying that she was raped as a result of “failure of discipline” by the police.  Before her Appeal Hearing she was granted ELR.  Active in two banned Muslim political groups in Uganda, Ms T was targeted for over two years by soldiers after her husband was arrested and disappeared.  She was detained and repeatedly raped by soldiers, leaving her so badly injured on one occasion that she was taken to hospital, close to death.  Again, the Home Office initially rejected her claim, but awarded ELR before her Appeal Hearing.   The anguish of their ongoing separation from their children has made it impossible for Ms B and Ms T to rebuild their lives after their traumatic experiences.