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.




Safety First coalition - campaign to prioritise safety and decriminalise sex work

Safety First coalition

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After the tragic murders of five young women sex workers in Ipswich we joined the Safety First Coalition, which was set up by the English Collective of Prostitutes. The Coalition has broad support including from the Royal College of Nursing, probation officers, members of the Church, trade unions, peers and MPs. The Coalition promotes the safety and welfare of sex workers. We have taken up the cases of several women who due to discrimination were unable to get protection from violence. Read more about the Coalition at


Evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Prostitution

Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Prostitution
from Women Against Rape

1) 'Whether criminal sanction in relation to prostitution should continue to fall more heavily on those who sell sex, rather than those who buy it.'


WAR opposes clauses to criminalise the purchase of sexual services (Modern Slavery Bill)

Proposals to criminalise clients are detrimental to safety

As proposals on prostitution are being discussed, we ask MPs to consider our arguments on women’s safety and why we oppose the Clauses to the Modern Slavery Bill to criminalise clients, and support the amendment to the Street Offences Act to decriminalise loitering and soliciting.


26 March in Parliament, Stop the criminalisation of sex work

Women Against Rape invites you to this exciting meeting in Parliament on 26 March, which we are supporting in the interests of women’s safety. The meeting is organized by the English Collective of Prostitutes. As you may know, sex workers are saying increased criminalization endangers women because the threat of arrest further deters them from reporting violence to the police. Having worked with sex workers trying to get protection and justice after rape and domestic violence, WAR will speak at the meeting about what can be done.
We urge you to come along and hear the arguments

More info here: 


Policing & Crime Bill 2009: Prostitution proposals detrimental to safety

Policing & Crime Bill: Prostitution proposals detrimental to safety

As measures on prostitution in the Policing and Crime Bill are discussed this week, we respectfully ask Members of the House of Lords to consider our arguments on women’s safety and why we oppose Clauses 16 (loitering), 17 (‘rehabilitation’) and 21 (closure orders), as well as Clause 14 (strict liability) and 19 (kerb crawling).


Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

Lord Faulkner,  Baroness Stern, John McDonnell MP and Niki Adams from the Englis

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Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

While government feminists and religious fundamentalists say prostitution is rape and claim most sex workers have been trafficked, rapists continue to get away with it – the conviction rate for reported rape in England and Wales is 6%. But a growing international movement for women’s safety is demanding the decriminalisation of sex work. In England it is opposing a new bill to "rehabilitate" sex workers, raid brothels and criminalise clients. In San Francisco 41% voted for decriminalisation in the last election.

You Tube video of Ruth Hall of WAR speaking at the House of Commons meeting on 3 Feb

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