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

Rapist Brian Witty jailed indefinitely

In the Media

Former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain is told he must serve a minimum of eight years

Press Association, Friday 25 May 2012 14.53 BST

Brian Witty, who attacked two women he met on a dating website and two more he met in bars. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A former soldier who carried out a string of sex attacks has been jailed indefinitely.

Judge Nicholas Price QC described Brian Witty, 41, as a "predatory rapist" as he told the former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain he would serve at least eight years before he could be considered for release.


Brian Witty rape victim feared he would kill her after being released

In the Media

Miss C said she was distraught when police initially decided not to prosecute Witty and lost her job after becoming depressed

Rachel Williams
The Guardian, Friday 25 May 2012 16.43 BST

Brian Witty has been jailed for three rapes and one sexual assault between 1995 and 2011. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A victim of a serial rapist who was jailed indefinitely on Friday has told how she was so scared he would strike again after police initially released him without charge that for a year she slept in her bathroom, her only room she could lock.

The woman, Miss C, said she considered suicide after being told there was not enough evidence to prosecute Brian Witty, a banker and former Territorial Army captain. She became depressed and lost her job, and has hardly worked since.


Report of Slutwalk 2012

By English Collective of Prostitutes

Over 2000 people, mainly women, sallied down Piccadilly for the second London Slutwalk on 22 September. Home-made placards ruled from ‘Sluts & Plebs Unite’ to ‘Compensate Rape Survivors, not Banks’. Many reflected fury at police, prosecutors and courts which ensure that ‘97% of all rapists won’t spend a day behind bars’. See photos here

At the rally in Trafalgar Square, mc’d by performer Red Jen, Slutwalk founder Anastasia Richardson, set the tone with a fiery welcoming speech:


Former Met police officer admits failing to investigate rape cases

In the Media

Ryan Coleman-Farrow faked police reports, failed to pass on evidence and falsely claimed to have interviewed suspects
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Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, Wednesday 12 September 2012 14.51 BST

An investigator from the Metropolitan police specialist sex crimes unit has admitted failing to investigate the alleged rapes and sexual assaults of 12 women by faking police reports, failing to pass on forensic evidence and not interviewing suspects.


Lisa Longstaff on Woman's Hour, Radio 4,

In the Media

Jenni Murray interviews Lisa Longstaff from Women Against Rape and Alison Saunders from the Crown Prosecution Service. (pic of Lisa Longstaff) 22 August 2012


Savile, Rochdale, Wales, Jersey . . . Justice this time? Or more ‘lessons’ in how to get away with rape?

In the Media

Complicity followed by incompetence in the Savile case landed the BBC in deep waters, to the delight of those who wish to undermine public broadcasting and to the chagrin of the taxpayer who foots the bill. 

But let’s not take our eye off the ball and forget all those others who are culpable. Eileen Fairweather is right to be sceptical of Home Secretary Theresa May’s inquiry into North Wales care homes; and Tom Watson MP has already dismissed it as "the next stage of a cover-up".  As Keith Gregory, one of the survivors, pointed out: “It’s police investigating police and a judge investigating a judge. Will it be any different or do they all stick together?”  


Pubs and clubs to face closure in rape crackdown

In the Media

Exclusive: Met police's sex crimes unit, Sapphire, will target male behaviour where high levels of rape and sexual assaults take place


Slutwalk Press Release

Only 7 out of every 100 reported rapists are convicted. The other 93 go free.

SlutWalk London 2012 - Saturday 22nd September 2012
Meet 12.30pm at Top of Piccadilly (near Hyde Park Corner)

SlutWalk wants justice for the thousands of rape survivors who were told by the
police and courts that: they were dressed too provocatively, they didn't scream loudly
enough, they were too drunk or too young or too mentally ill to understand what
had happened to them, they must have consented because the rapist was their (ex)
husband or (ex)boyfriend, they were sex workers and should be prosecuted rather
than their attackers, they were asylum seekers and should be sent back to the
detention centre or deported . . .


Police abuse: vulnerable women and girls were targeted by sexual predators

Officers were able to access police databases to find potential victims amid a shocking lack of supervision

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, Friday 29 June 2012 16.43 BST

David Ainsworth, 49-year-old deputy chief constable of Wiltshire, killed himself during an investigation into 26 claims of sexual harassment against him from 13 female staff. Photograph:

When police officers who rape, sexually assault or harass vulnerable victims do reach the court system, phrases such as abuse of power and breach of trust ring out from the judicial benches.


Organise a Workshop with WAR


We are writing about holding a workshop in your area aimed at helping and supporting women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

We have published a self-help guide Justice is Your Right based on years of direct experience as rape survivors, families and advocates. It highlights the most common difficulties women come up against when reporting to the police, giving evidence in court and applying for compensation, and suggests ways to overcome obstacles.

Through careful work, determination and supporting each other, we have been able to get some investigations and prosecutions reopened, to win compensation appeals, and to get apologies for negligence. If more of us were fighting together we could all win more.

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