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.

 

 

 

Women Against Rape

Grassroots multi-racial women's group founded in 1976. Offers support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Supports survivors when they report to the police, seek protection from further attacks, or are preparing for court; applying for compensation; or claiming asylum from rape.

We want official condemnation of sexual violence, including racist sexual assault and the abuse of power and authority. We have opposed sexism and other discrimination by the police, Crown Prosecution Service, barristers and judges.

Demands have included: that the police record all reported rape as a crime (rather than 'no-criming' some reports), gather evidence with care and investigate thoroughly; and that the CPS prosecute rapists. We want an end to trashing of women and girls in court using their sexual history (which continues despite recent legislation), mental health and medical records. Our Finding Refuge from Rape Project provides support, self-help and referrals to rape survivors seeking asylum. We are pressing for rape to be officially recognised as persecution and torture and therefore grounds for asylum and we insist that women claiming asylum after rape get the standard of treatment that all rape survivors are entitled to.

We have helped to establish that rape by a man the woman knows is just as criminal as rape by a stranger; in fact most victims know their attacker. Legal precedents won by our efforts include the recognition of rape in marriage as a crime in 1991 after a 15-year campaign. In 1995 we helped two women to bring the first private prosecution for rape.  A 1998 legal precedent we helped win on asylum established that traumatised women may be “unable” rather than “unwilling” to report rape when it first happens.

WAR's work is mainly funded by the Oak Foundation and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. 

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