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

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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