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.

 

 

 

Black Women's Rape Action Project

Founded in 1991 by Black women to run services and campaigns, we focus on winning justice for women of colour and immigrant women who have survived rape, racist attacks and other violence. Many of us are current and former service users, mostly survivors of rape and child sexual abuse. We campaign for:

  • *  justice for women and girls who have survived rape and racist attacks;
  • *  for rape to be officially recognised as persecution and torture and therefore grounds for asylum;
  • *  against the detention of vulnerable asylum seekers and their families;
  • *  for survivors to get protection and resources in order for them to escape and recover from rape and other violence.

We are recognised for our expertise addressing the sexism and racism women of colour face from the judicial system, the police, immigration services, benefit agencies, healthcare institutions and other professionals We raise the issue of rape, other sexual violence and racist attacks among grassroots groups and community organisations. We aim to make visible and address the specific needs and experiences of Black and immigrant women including asylum seekers, break down the barriers between women from different nationalities and backgrounds, and empower women to speak out and get the resources and protection we are entitled to. We help coordinate a daily rota of volunteers who give self-help support and information to rape survivors in detention centres and prisons.

Solicitors commission us to interview rape survivors seeking asylum and produce expert reports detailing their experiences and assessing their symptoms to confirm that they have been victims of rape and sexual violence. Our input is often decisive. We have successfully helped many rape survivors win the right to stay in the UK where they can begin to rebuild their lives and that of their families.

BWRAP's work is currently funded by Camden Council, City Bridge Trust, London Catalyst and the Global Fund for Women.  We also receive contributions from London Churches Refugee Network and other church groups.

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