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.

New Play: Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court


Would you be able to send a journalist beforehand to meet the playwright and the organisers, and review the play before it is performed on 14 June?

Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court


Rape victims with petty convictions denied compensation

In the Media

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority routinely refuses to make awards to women who have committed minor offences

Getting convicted for shoplifting could result in reduced compensation awards for rape. Photograph: Alamy

Frankie Mullin
Tuesday 17 March 2015 14.09 GMTLast modified on Tuesday 17 March 201514.44 GMT

Pauline Doyle was gang-raped as a teenager. After the attack, life slipped increasingly from her control. She was failed by numerous agencies and, for 19 years, was addicted to heroin and crack, supporting her habit in any way she could.


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.


WAR’s comment on the government response to the serious case review about Oxford

The government’s response to today’s review of child rape in Oxford about an epidemic of rape of children, especially those in care, is a smokescreen to manage the outcry rather than deal with the rape.

In response to the Oxford rape and child abuse, the government proposes to make it compulsory to report any underage sexual activity as child abuse. This is another smokescreen aimed at increasing the power of the state to control children rather than the power of children and their families to get justice. It is also a way of hiding child rape (calling it abuse or exploitation instead), and of disconnecting the neglect of the rape of young girls and boys from the neglect of rape of adults, especially of women. Let´s not forget that only 6.7% of rape ends in conviction and that 90% of rapists get away with it. (‘Why do the police deal with rape cases so badly?’)


Rape victims' compensation cut because of past offences such as using MOBILE PHONE while driving

In the Media

“Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape, said: “This system penalises the poorest victims when it should be helping them.”
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Daily Mirror , 15 February 2015, By Tom Pettifor

Two victims each had £2,200 cut from payouts for injuries suffered during horrific sex attacks as they had convictions for TV licence evasion and theft

Cheap and nasty: 29 sex crime victims had compo reduced by a total of £75,000 over the last two years


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.


Concerns Raised For Safety Of Female Infantry

MORNING STAR 20TH DECEMBER 2014 posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

A WOMEN’S organisation revealed concerns over the safety of new infantry recruits yesterday as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced close combat roles are to be open to women from 2016.

Charity Women Against Rape said that while the British public had been increasingly made aware of cases of sexual violence in society, military offences are still silenced.

The concerns were expressed after Mr Fallon proposed an end to the ban on women joining the frontline of battle in the British infantry and Armoured Corps.

“Despite the growing movements of women victims of military rape in the UK we have seen no change in the military,” spokeswoman Lisa Longstaff told the Star.


Nigel Evans and Ben Sullivan are wrong: rape suspects should not be given anonymity

In the Media

From 1976 until 1988, both sides in sexual cases had anonymity. The Thatcher government – not generally known for its strong stand on women’s rights – repealed it, because it had appalling consequences.

by Willard Foxton Published 24 June, 2014 - 15:24 New Statesman

The fashionable thing to do on being cleared of rape these days is to walk free from the courtroom or police station and loudly issue a public statement calling for those accused of rape to be granted anonymity by the courts because of your “ordeal”.


Rape Crisis Hits Out At Tory MP’s Plea To Protect The Accused

In the Media

Morning Star
JAN 2015 Wednesday 7TH
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

WOMEN’S charities slammed Tory MPs’ call for those accused of rape to remain anonymous yesterday, warning that it was “unjustifiable” and will treat victims as “liars.”

Rape Crisis hit back after Mark Pritchard (pictured) and Nigel Evans demanded that the law of anonymity be changed to protect the accused as well as the victims of sexual offences.

Mr Pritchard had been arrested in early December over allegations of rape, but the case was dropped yesterday due to lack of evidence.

A Rape Crisis spokeswoman told the Star the group was “concerned that singling out rape and sexual assault for defendant anonymity would send a message that women who report these crimes are more likely to be lying than people who report other kinds of crime.


Read more: key points from Dr Jay’s report

A Summary of issues raised in the ‘Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)’ by Dr Alexis Jay, issued in August 2014.

Download a pdf of the full Report here
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013) 

Good Press report in the Telegraph 

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