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.

 

 

 

No to anonymity for men accused of rape

Oppose proposal to make men accused of rape anonymous - Briefing

Women Against Rape Briefing to Parliament:
Why we oppose proposals to make people accused of rape anonymous
(amendment to Policing and Crime Bill – Lords Report Stage 7/12 Dec 2016)

Following the closure of several investigations into allegations of sexual violence by celebrities and VIPs, there has been another media frenzy and lobby of Parliament for anonymity for those accused of sex crimes.

There are three main reasons why WAR opposes anonymity for sex crimes.

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Nigel Evans and Ben Sullivan are wrong: rape suspects should not be given anonymity

In the Media

From 1976 until 1988, both sides in sexual cases had anonymity. The Thatcher government – not generally known for its strong stand on women’s rights – repealed it, because it had appalling consequences.

by Willard Foxton Published 24 June, 2014 - 15:24 New Statesman

The fashionable thing to do on being cleared of rape these days is to walk free from the courtroom or police station and loudly issue a public statement calling for those accused of rape to be granted anonymity by the courts because of your “ordeal”.

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Rape Crisis Hits Out At Tory MP’s Plea To Protect The Accused

In the Media

Morning Star
JAN 2015 Wednesday 7TH
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

WOMEN’S charities slammed Tory MPs’ call for those accused of rape to remain anonymous yesterday, warning that it was “unjustifiable” and will treat victims as “liars.”

Rape Crisis hit back after Mark Pritchard (pictured) and Nigel Evans demanded that the law of anonymity be changed to protect the accused as well as the victims of sexual offences.

Mr Pritchard had been arrested in early December over allegations of rape, but the case was dropped yesterday due to lack of evidence.

A Rape Crisis spokeswoman told the Star the group was “concerned that singling out rape and sexual assault for defendant anonymity would send a message that women who report these crimes are more likely to be lying than people who report other kinds of crime.

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Why giving men anonymity in rape cases is a bad idea

A senior lawyer has called for anonymity until conviction for men accused of sex crimes. This would make it even harder for victims to get justice


Lisa Longstaff
The Guardian, Monday 18 February 2013

The chairwoman of the bar council, Maura McGowan QC, has called for anonymity until conviction for men accused of rape. Women (and victims are overwhelmingly women and children) who report rape are granted anonymity, so why not afford the same protection to those they accuse?

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Government backs down on anonymity

In the Media

We are glad the government has been forced to back down on the proposal to give anonymity to men accused of rape. Since the day it was announced we publicly opposed the proposal, and the fury of women all over the country has snowballed, including among many journalists and MPs.

Why should men accused of rape have special protection not offered to those facing charges of murder, terrorism or child abuse? People are no more likely to be falsely accused of rape than of other crimes. Why this attempt to further discredit and discriminate against rape survivors?

The proposal to give the accused anonymity was already putting more rape survivors off reporting.

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Women will be the losers if the Government allows anonymity

In the Media

Independent, 10 July 2010

Comment

Anonymity for men accused of rape was introduced in 1976 but reversed in 1988 because it hampered police investigations. The proposal to reintroduce it relies on the sexist myth that women are quick to lie about rape.

Nothing is further from the truth. It is extremely hard for women to report rape, and 90 per cent never do. Those who report often say it was to protect others. But many are disbelieved or dismissed by police and prosecutors and even urged to withdraw – no wonder the conviction rate for reported rape remains 6.5 per cent.

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