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.

 

 

 

Women Against Rape

Grassroots multi-racial women's group founded in 1976. Offers counselling, support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

End the use of women’s sexual history in court and ‘belief in consent’

In rape trials, victims of rape have traditionally been questioned about their sexual history. Defence barristers imply that if you have slept with several men, or if you have a “reputation” or, for instance, if you are a young single woman who has a child, then you are more likely to have consented to sex with the accused. The Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence Act 1999 introduced some restrictions on such questioning, which trashes the rape survivor’s character in front of the jury. The Act could have protected the right to a fair trial of both the victim and the defendant. But the government, ignoring the protests and lobbying of our grassroots women’s campaign, instead brought in a complicated law, which is often manipulated or simply ignored, without the judge or prosecution even protesting.

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Facebook encourages rape - our comment

In the Media

Thousands have demanded the removal of an offensive Facebook page 'You know she's playing hard to get when you're chasing her down an alley'.

This is our comment:

Why did two men who posted messages during the summer riots get four years in prison, but these promoters of rape are allowed to continue while Facebook defends them as 'free speech'?

Given that rape is common and that most rapists get away with it, joking about it is dangerous and offensive. And for Facebook to be making money out of this (since they are a commercial company) is disgusting. Survivors find it particularly upsetting, but women generally are also sick of the assumption that we are fair game for sexual violence and accused of having no sense of humour when we object. Rape is no laughing matter for women and shouldn't be for men unless they are rapists or aspire to be.

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UK Home Office fail to meet rape victims’ needs

In the Media

Women’s Views on News
http://www.womensviewsonnews.org/2011/06/uk-home-office-fail-to-meet-rap...
Posted by Ivana Davidovic on June 30, 2011 ·

sianflaviacourt.jpgLeft: Sian Evans and Flavia Titti in front of the Immigration Tribunal

Ivana Davidovic
WVoN co-editor

Flavia Titti has not seen her children since a fateful day in 2002 when she was forced to flee Rwanda in order to save her life and, as she believed then, the lives of her three children whom she left with a trusted family friend.

What she thought would be a short-term separation has turned into a protracted Kafkaesque agony.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: prejudice and politics shape a rape case again

In the Media

If the prosecution against DSK is dropped, the myth that women, not men, lie about rape will prevail once more

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Katrin Axelsson
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 3 July 2011

 

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URGENT: Your support needed to help reunite Jeto Titti with her son, Josh Magara

APPEAL HEARING: 10am THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2011
ASYLUM & IMMIGRATION TRIBUNAL, TAYLOR HOUSE, 88 ROSEBERRY AVENUE, LONDON EC1R 4QU. Nearest tube Angel

 

Jeto Titti’s case to be reunited with her son is coming to court on 30 June. Five long and agonising years have gone by since Ms Titti found that her children were alive and safe, after she had been forced to flee from Rwanda without them. Your support is needed now more than ever. Despite her own terrible situation, Ms Titti has been dedicated to helping other women. She co-founded the All African Women’s Group’s (AAWG) Mothers’ Campaign for Family Reunion to press for family reunion so that mothers like her would no longer suffer the torture of being separated from their children.

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Slutwalk

Event

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d_reasonably_small.jpgWAR will be taking part in the Slutwalk on Saturday in Trafalgar Square, London, and speaking at the rally.

In January, police officer Michael Sanguinetti told students at a Toronto Law School that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised." Thousands of women protested in the first Slutwalk in Toronto. Their manifesto said: "We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault."

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Response to Ken Clarke in Evening Standard, 20 May 2011

In the Media

Ken Clarke's comments, were arrogant and ignorant. It took us 15 years of campaigning to get the law to recognise that rape in marriage is a crime, that sex without consent is rape whatever the relationship with the attacker. The injury and suffering that
result are not less just because you know your assailant. It was also outrageous of Clarke to mix up consenting sex between teenagers with rape.
The sentence for a supposed false allegation of rape is three or four years - more than the Justice Secretary appears to want now as the punishment for some rape.
Reducing the prison population is a laudable aim but why not cut sentences for non-violent offences? 70 per cent of prisoners are there for non-violent crimes. Over 60 per cent of women prisoners are mothers, the majority jailed for crimes of poverty such as petty theft or sex work.

Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape

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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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