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

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:


Message from BWRAP to protestors of North West Detention Centre, Tacoma, US, 2 August 2014

Greetings from London, where women, the majority rape survivors, have been protesting against detention and deportation at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. On 15 June international day of action over sixty of us had a speak out which women inside joined via our sound system, while we  demonstrated at the gate. A few days later, a young brother and sister and nine women were released.


No reprisals against women in detention who give evidence to parliamentarians of rape and sexual abuse in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

Women currently held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre who want to give evidence to Members of Parliament from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee about rape and sexual abuse by guards, have issued a set of demands to protect themselves from reprisals. Ms N commented: "It takes a lot of courage to complain about abuse knowing that your life is in the hands of the person you are accusing.”


Submission to Home Affairs Comittee re Investigation into rape and sexual and other abuse in Yarl's Wood IRC

 Keith Vaz MP,
Chair, Home Affairs Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA

18 June 2014

Dear Keith Vaz,

Re Investigation into rape and sexual and other abuse in Yarl's Wood IRC

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