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?

Photos from launch of research by US Prof. Lisa Avalos against the prosecution of rape survivors accused of lying, 23 Sept 2013

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Cristel Amiss from Black Women's Rape Action Project speaking.  L-R Nicola Mann, Women Against Rape; Lisa Longstaff, WAR & Prof Lisa Avalos

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Prof Lisa Avalos speaking.

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Nicola Mann, WAR, speaking

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Lisa Longstaff and Prof. Lisa Avalos report on launch of new US research about false allegations

In the Media

Michael Le Vell's acquittal is no reason to give rape defendants anonymity

False reports are extremely rare. There's no reason to single out rape defendants from those accused of other crimes

Lisa Longstaff and Lisa Avalos
theguardian.com, Thursday 26 September 2013 17.00 BST

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Michael Le Vell, centre, was cleared of all charges. Photograph: Paul Cousans/Barcroft Media

Every time a celebrity is acquitted of rape allegations, a pernicious media campaign clamours for anonymity for defendants to stop women and children from wrecking vulnerable men's lives. Most recently, we saw this after the Michael Le Vell trial.

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False Reports of Sexual Assault: Findings on Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options

 False Reports of Sexual Assault:
Findings on Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options
An Advocacy Paper Prepared for Women Against Rape

Lisa R. Avalos, Assistant Professor of Law
University of Arkansas School of Law

Alexandra Filippova, J.D. class of 2013
Cynthia Reed, J.D. class of 2014
Matthew Siegel, J.D. class of 20131
Georgetown University Law Center

Download below!

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The mother of a child rape victim responds to the media hype following the acquittal of Le Vell on child rape allegations

“I’m quite concerned about comments that were made in the media, that because this man has been found not guilty, the girl has made a false allegation. Have you not considered balancing your story out a bit? 

Let me just tell you my story. My name’s Sally. I was the woman who just took on the Met and won (there was a settlement out of court) after they messed up my daughter’s rape investigation. My daughter’s case went to court and [the man] was acquitted at court. The reason he was acquitted at court was because the police didn’t gather evidence correctly and the CPS did not pick up on that.

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Meet US Prof. Lisa Avalos re new research on prosecution of rape survivors - 23 Sept 2013

Women Against Rape invites you to the launch of new research on how rape victims, rather than rapists, are being prosecuted in the USA.

The findings of ‘False Reports of Sexual Assault,
Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options’

will be presented by

Guest speaker: Lisa R. Avalos*,
Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law

6.30pm, Monday 23 September 2013

at Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX. Wheelchair access
More info: Tel 020 7482 2496

Entrance: Researchers and other professionals: £20
Rape survivors and grassroots campaigners: Free
Space is limited so please book in advance

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False allegations of rape and domestic violence are few and far between by Keir Starmer

Our new report shows that while false allegations must be taken seriously they are relatively rare and are often complex cases

Keir Starmer
theguardian.com, Wednesday 13 March 2013 08.00 GMT

The Crown Prosecution Service has come a long way in dealing with cases involving violence against women and girls. In the last year (2011-12) we have seen the conviction rate rise to 73%, delivering the lowest attrition rates ever recorded. The CPS has now published a trailblazing report on so-called "false allegations" of rape or domestic violence.

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Layla's story: jailed after reporting a sexual assault

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In 2009, Layla Ibrahim told police she had been the victim of a savage sexual assault. So why did she end up in jail?

Simon Hattenstone and Afua Hirsch
The Guardian, Friday 12 August 2011 23.02 BST

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Layla Ibrahim: After initially seeming sympathetic, police then talked about inconsistencies in her evidence. Photograph: Courtesy Sandra Allen

Sara Ibrahim says that since the day her little sister Layla was sent to prison, her family has been faced with a simple choice: "Do we give up and just get on with our lives, or do we clear her name? And we've decided if it takes the rest of our lives, that's what we'll do – we'll clear her name."

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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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