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.

Thank you for all your support you have given me during my court case

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Anon4132.JPGThank you for all your support you have given me during my court case. Out of the 10 places I rang in London, you were the most helpful. I am very grateful for the letter you wrote for me to use in court for my defence. Thank you for keeping in touch via telephone and email during a difficult time for me.

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I had tried so many times to take my life

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WARTrialHannaD26.JPGI had tried so many times to take my life. I had been labelled with severe borderline personality disorder. The companionship I got at WAR was key to my recovery. The work carried out is incredible.

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This organisation is vital

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“This organisation is vital to the wellbeing of women in society in general. I have been fortunate to have benefited from the generous advice and support WAR gave me when I was in a crisis as a mother of two children in a violent relationship. The support helped me to recover and move forward constructively; I feel is was crucial to developing the sense of wellbeing I now have.

I believe WAR is an exceptional organisation and consider its skills, years of experience, knowledge and resources essential to ensure some degree of equal opportunity in society.”
 

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Being a survivor of rape, attacked asleep in bed

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Being a survivor of rape, attacked asleep in bed, from a rapist who had broken into the house, leaves mental scars that stay with you always.

The Old Bailey trial where the offender received 9 years imprisonment after my testament, only to be released after two thirds of his sentence to rape again. This proves how much WAR is truly needed.

Over the course of the years, being put in touch with much needed contacts for legal advice at key stages is paramount, as information is power for survivors. Without this help women are being re-victimized. Believe me, I’ve been through it!”
 

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I am an Eritrean woman

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I am an Eritrean woman, I’m writing to say thank you. You have been sharing my problems, I can’t wait saying thanks for you and your colleagues in your office for helping me.

I feel I have parents, because you have been with me in all troubles in finance, health and housing problems, helpful advice and letters to refugee council. It’s very kind of you.”
 

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The rapists' best friend

In the Media

Comment & Debate
The Worboys case is a familiar catalogue of police incompetence, laziness and prejudice, Lisa Longstaff
The Guardian, Saturday 14 March 2009

If the Sapphire unit - set up by the Metropolitan police to focus exclusively on sexual offences - had been created to protect John Worboys, the taxi driver found guilty yesterday of a series of rapes and assaults, it couldn't have done a better job. We are unfortunately very familiar with such a catalogue of police incompetence, laziness, prejudice and even hostility.

Despite decades of campaigning publicly and privately for the police to take rape seriously, all we have seen is a series of public relations exercises that change nothing. Rape continues to be deprioritised. Each time we complain we are told that rape is particularly difficult to prove. But the blunders are glaring and always the same.

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Thank you for the card and kind words of support

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shadowrapeanon.jpgThank you for the card and kind words of support. I dread to think where we would have been now had we never have come to WAR. As you say, part of the healing process is when the perpetrator is found guilty and how devastating that is when that does no happen. You persecute yourself for allowing that to go on, but I guess in a way doing what we are doing is in itself part of the healing process.

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WAR has provided extra support

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“WAR has provided extra support especially talking to my legal representative when they have neglected my asylum claim, including pointing out a letter form the home office threatening me with deportation which had been ignored by my representative. I could not find help like this from any other organisation, but this was crucial for me. Lawyers can be intimidating if you have a language barrier but having a group like WAR can be of great help and personally I have benefited from this. Also WAR has provided letters of support, which have been very crucial in my immigration case and without such letter I wouldn’t have been able to put down my ordeal in writing.

Through this organisation I have met and made women friends from my own country and other parts of the world who share the same pain and traumas. It was very important for me to meet other black women because the other groups were mainly of white women."

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Testimony from a Ugandan woman who won her asylum claim with WAR's help

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I am Ugandan by nationality. I left my country due to political reasons i.e. I was raped, beaten and I was psychologicallyeduardo_martino.jpg affected because I was separated from my son and partner in Uganda. I suffered from depression, which wasn’t easy at all.

I was introduced to WAR through my solicitor and they’ve helped me a lot to recover from my experiences which I am grateful of, through counselling which I do every week. They got me housing in a hostel. I really don’t know what I would have done without them because I didn’t get any help from anyone else.

Now I have refugee status and I am studying and getting my life together.”

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Press Statement - Journalist Giuliana Sgrena kidnapped

International News

Read about Giuliana Sgrena in WeNews, Feb 05
Letter to the Guardian, 19 Feb
Statement to the media , 5 Feb 

PRESS STATEMENT FROM BLACK WOMEN'S RAPE ACTION PROJECT & WOMEN AGAINST RAPE

On International Women's Day, we demand justice for Giuliana Sgrena and the Iraqi women raped and killed by US troops.

We have just found out that the US troops who shot Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena - and killed Nicola Caliperi whose sacrifice saved her life - immediately after her release from kidnap, were from a military unit under investigation last year for raping Iraqi women, according to US army documents. Ms Sgrena had published in her paper testimonies of Iraqi women ex-prisoners who had been raped and sexually abused in Abu Ghraib, and other prisons.

Today, on International Women's Day, the Guardian published correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg's report on the 3rd Infantry Brigade exposing that:

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