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

Revealed: the scale of sexual abuse by police officers

In the Media

Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds sexual predators in police are abusing their power to target victims of crime

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, Friday 29 June 2012 16.32 BST

Northumbria police constable Stephen Mitchell, who was jailed for life after admitting charges of rape, indecent assault and misconduct in public office. Photograph: North News & Pictures

Sexual predators in the police are abusing their power to target victims of crime they are supposed to be helping, as well as fellow officers and female staff, the Guardian can reveal.

An investigation into the scale and extent of the problem suggests sexual misconduct could be more widespread than previously believed.


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

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.


63 rape and sexual assault cases to be looked at again

In the Media

63 rape and sexual assault cases to be looked at again by the Met, as detective constable is arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice

Camden New Journal, Published: 14 June, 2012 by RICHARD OSLEY and PAVAN AMARA

SCORES of rape and sexual assault investigations are under review after a detective constable was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The officer was arrested on Friday, three weeks after being suspended from work.

Concerns had been raised by senior colleagues in the Sapphire Unit, a team that investigates sex crimes across Camden and Islington.

Two properties were searched following the arrest by the Directorate of Professional Standards (IPS).  The officer, who has not been named, was later released on bail. 


Rapes not being properly investigated, claims report

In the Media

 The Times, 28 Feb 2012

Watchdog says serial attackers could be missed

Richard Ford Home Correspondent

Serious failings in police investigations of alleged rapes are undermining the chances of convicting serial attackers, according to a report published today.


Letter in the Guardian:Race, class, gender and grooming

In the Media

Letters, the Guardian Saturday 12 May 2012

Martin Narey has called for an inquiry into the "over-representation by Asian men in child exploitation" (Grooming offences committed mostly by Asian men, says ex-Barnardo's chief, 9 May). What does he know about child exploitation? As former director general of the prison service and assistant governor of Deerbolt prison, Narey failed to apologise for the widespread rape and beating of children when it was brought into the open on his watch (How did Neville Husband get away with the horrific abuse of teenagers in his care?, Weekend, 14 April). Narey's racist spotlight on Asian men conveniently obscures the action and inaction of police, CPS and social workers who allowed the rape of more than 40 children over years. Why didn't they stop it?


Brian Witty – another serial rapist brought to justice, but why did it take four women before he was stopped?


In Kingston Crown Court today Brian Witty was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Brian Witty, former captain in the Paras, then city banker, was found guilty of three rapes and one sexual assault, spanning 17 years – 1995 to 2011. All four women had been attacked shortly after meeting and drinking with him. Two had met him via the website; three were raped in Witty’s flat; the fourth was sexually assaulted in the street. Each woman reported to the police right away and each time Witty was questioned – but not charged. He claimed the women consented and despite the police and Crown Prosecution Service knowing that he had been reported more than once he was let go – three times. Only when the fourth woman reported, in August 2011, were the four cases revisited and charges laid.


'It's your lucky day': City banker's words to 'victim of sex attack'

In the Media

Brian Witty, 41, tells jurors he 'must have a poor judge of character'
Former Captain in the Paras says alleged victims 'must have a screw loose'
He denies three counts of rape and one of sexual assault

PUBLISHED: 22:27, 11 April 2012 | UPDATED: 09:44, 12 April 2012
Daily Mail


Abused women need support, not more consultation

In the Media

Plans to redefine domestic violence are disingenuous given the cuts to services that abused women need

Lisa Longstaff, Saturday 17 December 2011 11.00 GMT
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Domestic violence must become a priority for policing and financial support.

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