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.

 

 

 

False allegations or miscarriages of justice?

Call for prosecutors to answer for trial of alleged rape victim who killed herself

Eleanor de Freitas died days before she had to go on trial accused of lying about rape claim, despite lack of evidence
Sandra Laville  The Guardian, Thursday 6 November 2014 19.20 GMT

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Complaint re 9 Oct Loose Women TV Programme

Dear Loose Women

I am absolutely disgusted by Loose Women’s interview with Paul Fensome on 9 October. The programme was presented by four women and its audience is mainly women, but this interview undermined women. It was out of touch and lacked balance.

There are four main reasons why I strongly object to the way the issue was handled.

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Stop Jailing Rape Victims - Workshop

18 October 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Stop Jailing Rape Victims

Reporting violence or defending yourself can land you in prison. Gail Sherwood and Layla Ibrahim were attacked by strangers; accused of lying after a biased police investigation they were jailed for two and three years. Rhiannon Brooker, mother of a 10-month-old baby, was jailed for 3 ½ years in June. In the US Charmaine Pfender is serving life for killing her rapist. Over 50% of women in UK prisons have suffered domestic violence; 33% sexual violence. Campaign with Women Against Rape to end these miscarriages of justice.

Anarchist Bookfair Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, Room 241 (2nd floor)

 

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Court rejects call for woman’s jail term over false rape claims to be increased

In the Media

Solicitor general, Robert Buckland QC, said sentence of Rhiannon Brooker was unduly lenient, but court of appeal disagrees

Steven Morris

The Guardian, Thursday 25 September 2014 18.19 BST
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Rhiannon Brooker, whose jail term will not be increased Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian

The solicitor general has been criticised for asking a court to increase a three-and-a-half-year jail term imposed on a trainee barrister and new mother convicted of falsely accusing her former boyfriend of a series of rapes and assaults.

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Rhiannon Brooker – WAR welcomes Appeal Court refusal to increase sentence.

In the Media

Rhiannon Brooker was sentenced in June to 3½ years in prison after reporting rape and domestic violence. She was separated from her 10-month-old baby who was still breast-feeding and is now traumatised.

Rhiannon was disbelieved and prosecuted for perverting the course of justice with more vigour and resources than we ever see used against our violent attackers. Like many other women who end up in jail, she is also a survivor of childhood rape.

On 25 September 2014, the Court of Appeal heard a biased and malicious application from the CPS and the Attorney General for an even longer sentence and rejected it. They rightly took into account the damage caused by imprisonment to mother and child.

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Sign to support rape survivors

We urge you to sign our petition below to stop rape survivors being blamed and even criminalised. The events in Rotherham show, once again, how urgent this is. While the rapists were not investigated and most are still at large, the girls were blamed and trashed, even arrested for being drunk. You may also have seen The Independent reported that ‘The proportion of rape cases referred by police for prosecution is at its lowest level since records began . . .’

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Rhiannon Brooker sentenced

image001.jpgThanks for all your support for Rhiannon Brooker who was sentenced yesterday. Despite having been a victim of child abuse and being the mother of a 10-month-old baby still breastfeeding, Rhiannon was jailed for 3 and 1/2 years by Judge Lambert (the same judge who sent Gail Sherwood to prison for two years) – a callous and vindictive sentence.

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Rhiannon Brooker - sentenced to 3 and 1/2 years

Thanks for all your support for Rhiannon Brooker who was sentenced yesterday. Despite having been a victim of child abuse and being the mother of a 10-month-old baby still breastfeeding, Rhiannon was jailed for 3 and 1/2 years by Judge Lambert (the same judge who sent Gail Sherwood to prison for two years) – a callous and vindictive sentence.

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Rhiannon Brooker – victim not only of rape but of a miscarriage of justice

PRESS RELEASE     Women Against Rape in court with Ms Brooker
Tel: 020 7482 2496 Email war@womenagainstrape.net www.womenagainstrape.net

Rhiannon Brooker, mother of an eight month old child has been convicted at Bristol Crown Court of perverting the course of justice after she reported a series of rapes and domestic violence by her then boyfriend Paul Fensome. She was prosecuted contrary to CPS guidelines.

A WAR spokesperson, who attended key parts of the trial, acted as a court monitor and supported Ms Brooker, said:

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Letters: The bitter aftermath of failed rape prosecutions for women

In the Media

Letters, The Guardian, Wednesday 19 February 2014 21.00 GMT
While your excellent leader (14 February) acknowledges the authorities' "widespread complicity in sexual abuse", three letters (17 February) call for a time limit on rape prosecutions and the prosecution of women accused of making a false allegation. There is already a zealous drive to prosecute women for lying. This is despite whistleblower PC James Patrick exposing widespread police pressure on women to retract rape reports, targeting the most vulnerable victims, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission finding that this had been a "standard operating procedure" in one London borough. Once women have been pressed to retract, what is to stop the police from accusing them of lying and the Crown Prosecution Service from prosecuting?

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