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.

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.


Statement from a child abuse survivor


I am writing this as a 60 year old woman who was a 12 year old victim of sexual abuse. I never got justice. I want to expose the lack of professionalism of the police and social services. I believe it is a problem throughout the width and breath of the British Isles which proactively denies us child abuse survivors/victims a voice or justice.


'My partner raped me, and I was the one prosecuted'

In the Media

I was prosecuted for ‘malicious communications’ against my ex-partner. He was sexually violent and abusive, and after the first rape I reported him to the police. The investigation was sloppy and after a few weeks the CPS decided not to charge him. They said I was in no danger; he went on to rape me again.

I was able to get a restraining order against him after recording a phone call in which he stated he was going to rape my friend as well. Because he worked with vulnerable people, I thought I should inform his employers that I had a restraining order.


109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years, say campaigners

 Charity accuses authorities in the UK of pursuing cases against rape complainants more aggressively than other countries


Panic room woman challenges bedroom tax

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Judicial review challenge will argue that tax is discriminatory and will have devastating impact on abused woman and her son

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent

The Guardian, Tuesday 18 November 2014 17.38 GMT

A woman whose council home has been fitted with a secure panic room to protect her from a violent ex-partner is going to court on Wednesday to challenge the government’s so-called bedroom tax.


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:


Call for prosecutors to answer for trial of alleged rape victim who killed herself

Eleanor de Freitas died days before she had to go on trial accused of lying about rape claim, despite lack of evidence
Sandra Laville  The Guardian, Thursday 6 November 2014 19.20 GMT


WAR opposes clauses to criminalise the purchase of sexual services (Modern Slavery Bill)

Proposals to criminalise clients are detrimental to safety

As proposals on prostitution are being discussed, we ask MPs to consider our arguments on women’s safety and why we oppose the Clauses to the Modern Slavery Bill to criminalise clients, and support the amendment to the Street Offences Act to decriminalise loitering and soliciting.

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