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.

 

 

 

Demanding Justice and protection from the Police and CPS

Attorney General to look at evidence of women's sexual history being raised in court

In the Media

Press comment from WAR, 27 October 2016

We welcome the proposals by Attorney General to look again at Section 41, and at judges’ training and instruction to juries.

Women Against Rape has campaigned on this issue for many years, to get the law changed so that a woman’s sexual history with men other than the defendant is disallowed. But when the law was introduced in 1999 it did not make that distinction. Section 41 left a number of openings for barristers to continue to raise her sexual history.

We don’t know how often this particular clause in Section 41 is being used – only this one has been publicised. The Ched Evans case has had wide publicity because he is a celebrity footballer and has wealth and social power. We suspect this influenced the decision to allow this woman’s sexual history to be raised.

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Faiza Ahmed pleas for help went unheeded

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Faiza Ahmed - how one woman's cries for help went unheeded, Guardian 6 Feb 2016 

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Photos: Pursuing Justice- sex workers take their rapist to court.

 After two sell-out shows at Theatro Technis and Crossroads Women's Centre, there is a plan for a longer run in 2016. Please contact WAR if you can help. Watch this space for next performance!

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Landmark rape prosecution revisited in courtroom drama Pursuing Justice

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A new play by Lesley Delmenico, to be presented in London, is based on the transcript of a 1995 trial of a man accused of raping two prostitutes

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24 June: Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court

Back by popular demand – on the 40th anniversary of the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) and Women Against Rape (WAR) invite you to a second showing of this exciting play:

PURSUING JUSTICE – sex workers take their rapist to court

A tense courtroom drama based on the original transcript of the landmark rape trial backed by our two organisations after the authorities refused to prosecute (leaflet below). Followed by Q&A with one of the victims, the ECP and WAR, and the playwright/director and cast who donated their time and creative skills to present this play.

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New Play: Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court

 PRESS RELEASE

Would you be able to send a journalist beforehand to meet the playwright and the organisers, and review the play before it is performed on 14 June?

Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court

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Government ‘Response’ To Child Rape Is A Smokescreen

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Morning Star 12 MARCH 2015

LISA LONGSTAFF from Women Against Rape and CRISTEL AMISS of the Black Women’s Rape Action Project examine the state’s attempts at obfuscation

Far from tackling rape, the government’s response to the review into the child rape epidemic in Oxford is a merely smokescreen to “manage” the outcry.

The government proposes to make it compulsory to report any underage sexual activity as child abuse. But this would increase the power of the state to control children rather than the power of children and their families to get justice.
It also hides child rape, calling it abuse or exploitation instead. And it disconnects child survivors from adult survivors, especially women. And let’s not forget that only 5.7 per cent of recorded rape ends in conviction and that 90 per cent of rapists get away with it.

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WAR’s comment on the government response to the serious case review about Oxford

The government’s response to today’s review of child rape in Oxford about an epidemic of rape of children, especially those in care, is a smokescreen to manage the outcry rather than deal with the rape.

In response to the Oxford rape and child abuse, the government proposes to make it compulsory to report any underage sexual activity as child abuse. This is another smokescreen aimed at increasing the power of the state to control children rather than the power of children and their families to get justice. It is also a way of hiding child rape (calling it abuse or exploitation instead), and of disconnecting the neglect of the rape of young girls and boys from the neglect of rape of adults, especially of women. Let´s not forget that only 6.7% of rape ends in conviction and that 90% of rapists get away with it. (‘Why do the police deal with rape cases so badly?’)

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