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.

Factsheet: A few home truths about domestic violence

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Domestic violence - more common than street violence Children suffer harm and untold distress Most violence is not reported, and not acted upon when reported No money, nowhere to go Child Support Act has increased violence against women and children REFERENCES Domestic violence - more common than street violence

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£156,000 Victory after woman's fall from window ledge wrongly classed as accident, not violence

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In 1992 Ms Q climbed through a window to escape two male acquaintances who after drinking alcohol together had locked her in a room and threatened her with rape. She lost her balance and fell three stories to the ground below. She suffered a broken back, smashed heel, leg injuries, and was unable to care for herself. The police had taken a statement from her within days of the injury, in her hospital bed when she was just out of intensive care and still heavily sedated. She had been unable to report to the male police officer that she had fallen while trying to get away from imminent rape, and that she had a history of child abuse which made her panic before she fell. The men were never prosecuted.

 

In 1994 her application for compensation was refused after the CICB ruled there had been "no crime of violence". Ms Q appealed, submitting WAR’s expert report.

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Report of public meeting in House of Commons

Campaigners outside the House of Commons

Keep victims' sexual history out of rape trials!

On Tuesday 8 December 1998, about 80 women and several men gathered in the House of Commons for Women Against Rape’s briefing, "End the Second Rape, Keep Victims’ Sexual History out of Rape Trials". Instead of the usual long MPs speeches, 18 women who spoke of their own experience - strikingly for an anti-rape event, many speakers were Black and immigrant. Women of all ages, with and without disabilities, single mothers . . . described rape by strangers, fathers, husbands and boyfriends and on mixed mental hospital wards and by the police and military in other countries. Many described speaking about their ordeal in court, in police stations, and in immigration interviews and tribunal/appeal hearings - as the second rape. Whatever their background wherever they were from their experiences were the same disbelief and humiliation.

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BOOK: The Rapist Who Pays the Rent: Women's case for changing the Law on Rape

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The rapist who pays the rent

The Rapist Who Pays the Rent: Women's case for changing the Law on Rape
2nd edn 1984, R. Hall, S. James, J. Kertesz
Led to the historic decision that recognized rape in marriage as a crime in England and Wales.

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Woman wins £10,000 after a year's delay before reporting

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In 1992 Ms X a housewife and mother was subjected to a series of violent rapes by a neighbour. His intimidation included threats she’d lose her children and so she did not tell anybody about the rapes for months. When she told her husband he suffered a nervous breakdown. Ms X finally informed the police in June 1993. The CPS refused to prosecute because of the delay in reporting. Her solicitor advised her that the delay meant there is no point in applying for criminal injuries compensation. But encouraged by WAR she applied in 1995 and was awarded £10,000. An earlier High Court precedent was set in March 1995 ruling that a woman who had delayed six weeks before reporting was entitled to compensation, and that the CICB should take account of the fact that the traumatic effects of an assault may prevent rape survivors from reporting it for some time.

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PAMPHLET: Rape in the Media - Submission to the National Heritage Committee Inquiry into Privacy and Media Intrusion

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Rape in the media

Rape in the Media: Submission to the National Heritage Committee Inquiry into Privacy and Media Intrusion, 1993
Is the law on anonymity enough to protest rape survivors? Or are we still identified, judges, misrepresented and exploited by the media's sexist and racist stereotypes?

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BOOK: Ask Any Woman - A London Inquiry into Rape and Sexual Assault

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Ask Any Woman

Ask Any Woman: A London Inquiry into Rape and Sexual Assault Report of the Women's Safety Survey conducted by Women Against Rape 1985, Ruth E. Hall
Groundbreaking information and analysis of women's experience of rape and other violence. First-ever figures on racist sexual assault.

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