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

Letter to Lib Dem conference 2011 re Motion F26 'Tackling violence against women'

Motion F26 ‘Tackling Violence Against Women’, 19 September 2011

We are glad that the Liberal Democrats are highlighting some important issues that Women Against Rape has been working on for a number of years. These issues are: the rights of rape survivors seeking asylum; an end to the criminalisation of children in prostitution; an end to the prosecution of rape victims accused of making a false allegation; and an end to the imprisonment of women for non-violent offences.

Specifically, we urge Conference to support Section 2 of Motion F26: ‘Protecting victims’. 
[See Lib Dem Motion F26 on p30 of the Conference Agenda]

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Report: Picket the Crown Prosecution Services!

On Friday 1 July over 40 protestors gathered for a loud protest at the HQ of the Crown Prosecution Service in London. It was the first action of Slut Means Speak Up, the campaign that grew out of Slutwalk London, and was called jointly with Black Women’s Rape Action Project, the English Collective of Prostitutes and Women Against Rape. The key demands were to prosecute rapists and to stop their vindictive prosecutions of women. Specifically, the protest highlighted women sent to prison for so-called false allegations of rape, and to drop the prosecution of sex worker Sheila Farmer, who faces trial in September.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: prejudice and politics shape a rape case again

In the Media

If the prosecution against DSK is dropped, the myth that women, not men, lie about rape will prevail once more

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Katrin Axelsson
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 3 July 2011

 

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A Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape and sexual assault - Justice is Your Right

Resource

This online version of the Self-Help Guide is a PDF file, to access it you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download free from the internet.  

Click here to download the Self-Help Guide.

To order a paper copy, please send a cheque to 'Women Against Rape', PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU.
Prices: inidividuals £3; unfunded organisations £5; professionals or solidarity price £10. Free to women in prison.

This is a collective effort based on decades of experience of survivors and campaigners. It offers ways to tackle obstacles to justice you many face when reporting violence.

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Slutwalk

Event

Start and End Dates

d_reasonably_small.jpgWAR will be taking part in the Slutwalk on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, London, and speaking at the rally.

In January, police officer Michael Sanguinetti told students at a Toronto Law School that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised." Thousands of women protested in the first Slutwalk in Toronto. Their manifesto said: "We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault."

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Response to Ken Clarke in Evening Standard, 20 May 2011

In the Media

Ken Clarke's comments, were arrogant and ignorant. It took us 15 years of campaigning to get the law to recognise that rape in marriage is a crime, that sex without consent is rape whatever the relationship with the attacker. The injury and suffering that
result are not less just because you know your assailant. It was also outrageous of Clarke to mix up consenting sex between teenagers with rape.
The sentence for a supposed false allegation of rape is three or four years - more than the Justice Secretary appears to want now as the punishment for some rape.
Reducing the prison population is a laudable aim but why not cut sentences for non-violent offences? 70 per cent of prisoners are there for non-violent crimes. Over 60 per cent of women prisoners are mothers, the majority jailed for crimes of poverty such as petty theft or sex work.

Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape

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Raped policeman: 'I never thought I would be a victim'

In the Media

A detective investigating sexual assaults was devastated when he himself was raped. But he grew even more angry when police colleagues insisted on investigating the crime. Here he tells his tale anonymously
by Amelia Hill guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 April 2011

I've been a police officer for two decades and a detective, specialising in serious crime and sexual offences, for 15 years. Never once in all the time I've investigated these horrific crimes has it occurred to me that one day I would be a victim; that I would be raped – and that I would refuse to help the police investigate.

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You encouraged my daughter go to court

Success story

March 28, 2011

I am writing this letter to thank WAR and particularly Sally for the support my daughter and I received during a very difficult time in her life.

The rape, the medical consequences, the threats of retaliation from the assailants family and friends, all the positive outpouring of support avenues and working with the MET were the biggest things I have ever dealt with as a parent.... and my daughter was devastated and overwhelmed by everything going on around her.

I used all the resources I was offered as best I could. Counselling, court visits, lots of phone calls to friends and family. As the time for the trial approached my daughter could not seem to decide to testify. It was intensely painful for her. She knew she wanted to but all the thoughts of what that meant would convince her otherwise.

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