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.

 

 

 

Woman wins £15,000, but rape award was cut by 50% because she had used alcohol & cannabis

Success story

Single mother Ms L was abducted in 1985 from outside a pub and taken to a wasteland where she suffered a horrific violent sexual assault. The three men were discussing how to dispose of her body, but they were frightened off. The police never caught the men. Ms L was given an interim award of £3,000 and told her final award would be reduced by 50% for two reasons: 1) her conduct – she had been drinking and allegedly had chosen to leave the pub with the men, and allegedly had been seen kissing one. In fact both allegations were false. 2) Because of a conviction for having her partner’s cannabis in her home AFTER the assault. In 1993 after WAR took on the appeal, and got a major article in the Independent on Sunday, she was given a £15,000 final award, but reduced it by 50%.

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