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.

 

 

 

Oppose Cuts to Legal Aid

Layla Ibrahim is Innocent campaign

Dear friends
We are writing to ask for your support in our campaign to get justice for rape survivor Layla Ibrahim, and to challenge the brutally unjust victimisation of women who report rape.

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Lawyers walk out in protest at legal aid cuts

image001.jpg24 June, 2014 Camden New Journal  By ROBBIE SMITH

LAWYERS walked out of their Camden offices to protest against legal aid cuts.

Gathering around the statue of Richard Cobden in Camden High Street, solicitors held banners and signs saying that recent government reforms undermine the rule of law.
Staff at Birnberg Peirce and Lewis Nedas were joined by the Camden branch of Women Against Rape at the demonstration.

Sally Middleton, a solicitor for Birnberg Peirce, based in Inverness Street, said: “There’s a huge amount of oppo¬sition. This is very much about what we should have in a fair society – everybody should have access to justice and legal aid, it shouldn’t just be the rich.”

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Join the demonstration to SAVE LEGAL AID

 
image001.jpg10 am Friday 7th March Old Palace Yard SW1.
Followed by march to Ministry of Justice

Lawyers are refusing to attend court on Friday to protest against further legal aid cuts.

Noela Claye, All African Women’s Group, who is being persecuted by the Home Office and is fighting a heroic battle to win the right to safety and protection in the UK will be speaking at the event.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape are supporting the protest – we work with many rape survivors who will be deprived of vital legal representation by these cuts*.

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Unreported rapes: the silent shame - Mumsnet survey

In the Media

NINA LAKHANI, Independent, MONDAY 12 MARCH 2012

The devastating scale of sexual violence against women in Britain is exposed today by new research which indicates that the vast majority of victims do not report perpetrators to the police.
One in 10 women has been raped, and more than a third subjected to sexual assault, according to a major survey, which also highlights just how frightened women are of not being believed. More than 80 per cent of the 1,600 respondents said they did not report their assault to the police, while 29 per cent said they told nobody – not even a friend or family member – of their ordeal.

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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
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 17 December 2011 11.00 GMT
view this article on Guardian Comment is Free
 

Domestic violence must become a priority for policing and financial support.

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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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Statements from three women re proposed cuts to legal aid

From Ms PM

I came to the UK in 2003. I fled Burundi to claim asylum here after my family was targeted because we’re Hutus. My husband and oldest son disappeared, my brother was killed in front of me and I was imprisoned, raped and tortured. I was forced to leave behind my three children because I didn’t know where they were. I finally found them living in Uganda in 2008, but because I didn’t have an automatic right to family reunion, it took another two years before they could come here to join me and their sister who was born here. I first made an application for visas for them to come here which was refused without being properly considered; then we asked for reconsideration which was also refused and finally we had to go to the Tribunal for an appeal hearing and then finally the visas were agreed. All this took two years, then another three months before they could actually get here.

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