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.




Black Women's Rape Action Project

Founded in 1991, we are one of the few Black women's organisations specialising in offering counselling, support and advice to Black women and other women of colour, immigrant and refugee women, who have suffered rape, sexual assault or other violence

High Court Judge rules that the Detained Fast Track for asylum seekers is unlawful and “inherently unfair”


High Court Judge rules that the Detained Fast Track for asylum seekers is unlawful and “inherently unfair”
- one more nail in the coffin for Yarl’s Wood IRC.


International week of actions to close detention centres: Protest and Speak Out “THIS IS A PRISON NOT A HOLIDAY CAMP”

International week of actions to close detention centres
15 - 21 June 2015

In London, join the Protest and Speak Out



Monday 15 June 12noon to 2pm

Parliament Square, nearest tube Westminster 




Government ‘Response’ To Child Rape Is A Smokescreen

In the Media

Morning Star 12 MARCH 2015

LISA LONGSTAFF from Women Against Rape and CRISTEL AMISS of the Black Women’s Rape Action Project examine the state’s attempts at obfuscation

Far from tackling rape, the government’s response to the review into the child rape epidemic in Oxford is a merely smokescreen to “manage” the outcry.

The government proposes to make it compulsory to report any underage sexual activity as child abuse. But this would increase the power of the state to control children rather than the power of children and their families to get justice.
It also hides child rape, calling it abuse or exploitation instead. And it disconnects child survivors from adult survivors, especially women. And let’s not forget that only 5.7 per cent of recorded rape ends in conviction and that 90 per cent of rapists get away with it.


Juliet from All African Women's Group speaking about her detention to Russia Today

 ‘I just wanted to die’: Asylum seeker detained at Yarl’s Wood speaks to RT


Ms Juliette Nantambi who is a member of All African Women’s Group and Queer Strike.(Crossroads Women’s Centre Audio Visual Collective)

A former detainee of Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center has condemned plans to merely “improve the service” of the facility, arguing the whole system of migrant detention needs to be abolished. 


Letter to Keith Vaz re visit by MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee to Yarl's Wood IRC.

Dear Keith Vaz,
Re: visit by MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee to Yarl's Wood IRC.

We write further to the Home Affairs Select Committee meeting on Tues 24 June where the
company Serco was asked questions about the rape and sexual abuse of women by guards in
Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre which it runs and where you announced that MPs on the
Committee would visit the Centre to speak to women detained there. As you know, various MPs
appeared to have outstanding concerns about women's safety, after hearing the evidence given by
Mr McGuiness and Mr Thorburn, of Serco's management. David Winnick MP said that there should
be another session for the Committee to take evidence from detainees and their representatives
because he was "not satisfied” and "the allegations are so serious that we can't leave it at that".


Report: Jail Rapists not Rape Victims, meeting in House of Commons

Women and families affected by biased rape investigations were joined by supporters in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2nd December to discuss the campaign, led by Women Against Rape (WAR) and Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP), against the prosecution and imprisonment of rape survivors.


VIDEO: Protest at Yarl's Wood IRC, International Day to Close Detention Centres

BWRAP and WAR organised for women in Yarl's Wood IRC to speak at this International event.

Watch the video of the protest at Yarl's Wood IRC on 15 June, International Day to Close Detention Centres  


Media coverage of House of Commons event "Jail rapists not rape victims" on 2nd December 2014

In the Media

 The Guardian, 109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years, say campaigners

The Guardian, Comment is Free ‘Britain is violating rape victims’ human rights’ by Prof Lisa Avalos

The Telegraph, 109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years

The Independent, Comment, ‘My partner raped me and I was the one prosecuted’ – by ANON woman from WAR


Asylum from Rape Bulletin December 2014

Some victories over the last year and . . . how you can help us win more in the year ahead!

 Ms K and her son reunited after 11-year separation!


Tears of joy when Ms K’s son came to the first self-help meeting in January.


Jail Rapists NOT Rape Victims, 2 Dec House of Commons

Jail Rapists NOT Rape Victims
Tuesday 2 December 2014, 6-8pm 

House of Commons, Committee Room 10,  London SW1  Westminster Allow 20 minutes to pass through security.

Women who have been imprisoned or threatened with arrest after biased rape investigations, their families, Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape, are extending our campaign to stop the prosecution of rape survivors and clear the names of those who have been wrongly convicted.

Hosted by John McDonnell MP. Speakers include:

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