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

Launch of new and updated Self-help Guide for Asylum Seekers and their Supporters

From Legal Action for Women

6pm Thursday 27 June 2013

Crossroads Women's Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX

Launch of new and updated


Cristel Amiss
, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
Liz Cross, North London Asylum Seeker Drop-In
Maurine Mahoro, All African Women’s Group
Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers


Statement from rural women in India on recent events in Delhi

Please help BWRAP and WAR to circulate the statement and article below:

The mass protests taking place all over India, and the international support for them, show how determined women are to end rape, and how we face similar violence and similar sexism by the authorities, wherever we are. For years our Indian sisters in Chhattisgarh have been organizing against rape and murder in the family but also by landlords, police and the military. But Dalit and Tribal women’s struggles have not been given prominence and support by the media or by most middle and upper class women in India or in the UK.


Woman's appeal, raped by fellow volunteeer

"I was raped in 2005 by a man – a volunteer colleague who worked for the Refugee Council in the Day centre.
Neither the police or the Refugee Council took me seriously when I reported the rape. The Refugee Council told me it was my fault that I had let that happen to me and the police said I wasn’t raped.

I’m anxious that he doesn’t get away with attacking other women – if this has happened to you at Refugee Council please get in touch with WAR."


Letter in the Guardian:Race, class, gender and grooming

In the Media

Letters, the Guardian Saturday 12 May 2012

Martin Narey has called for an inquiry into the "over-representation by Asian men in child exploitation" (Grooming offences committed mostly by Asian men, says ex-Barnardo's chief, 9 May). What does he know about child exploitation? As former director general of the prison service and assistant governor of Deerbolt prison, Narey failed to apologise for the widespread rape and beating of children when it was brought into the open on his watch (How did Neville Husband get away with the horrific abuse of teenagers in his care?, Weekend, 14 April). Narey's racist spotlight on Asian men conveniently obscures the action and inaction of police, CPS and social workers who allowed the rape of more than 40 children over years. Why didn't they stop it?


Hospital faces legal action over newborn baby seized from mother

In the Media

Breastfed baby taken from mother for six days, a move she says trust denied her right to challenge


Karen McVeigh, Friday 17 June 2011 18.42 BST

A breastfeeding mother whose newborn baby was forcibly taken from her and put into care for six days is seeking a judicial review over alleged unlawful treatment during a crucial bonding period with her daughter.

Verna Joseph, who has a history of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, says she was pushed to the ground, restrained by security guards, and her baby taken in full public view during a scuffle at King George hospital in Redbridge to which police were called.

She was then transferred by ambulance to Goodmayes hospital, North-East London NHS foundation trust, in Ilford, but was not told until several hours later that she was being compulsorily admitted for an assessment under the Mental Health Act.


Speech @ SlutWalk by Cristel Amiss, Black Women's Rape Action Project

p1030539.jpgYou all look great, you look amazing from up here - we’re so glad to be here together in our thousands, from all our different backgrounds. We belong together!

Slutwalks are everywhere it’s like a wave across the globe: Brazil, Argentina and one planned in India. They are an occasion where women of colour can be visible as survivors, and speak up about our often invisible organising against rape. In the UK and across the globe, women of colour face racist and sexist violence.

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