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.

Woman wins appeal against compensation cut made because she had been drinking

Rape victim's victory ends blame shame

by LOUISE NOUSRATPOUR, Morning Star, 12 August 2008

RAPE victim campaigners demanded changes in the law on Tuesday to stop "old and sexist prejudices" getting in the way of justice after a woman won an appeal against a compensation cut made because she had been drinking.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) admitted on Tuesday that, in the past year, around 14 women had been told that they would receive lower levels of compensation due to alcohol consumption.

But one unnamed woman, who believes that she was raped four years ago after having her drink spiked, successfully overturned a decision by the CICA to cut her compensation because she had been drinking "excessively."

She said that being told that the already meagre standard award of £11,000 would be reduced by 25 per cent "felt like a slap in the face."


'Rape victim told to show duvet to police' Independent, 2 Oct 08

In the Media
'Insensitive' treatment of teenager highlights low conviction rates
By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, Independent

Met Police accused of protecting staff against rape allegations, Times Online Jan 09

In the Media

The Times
January 10, 2009
Metropolitan Police accused of protecting staff against rape allegations
Michael Gillard

The Metropolitan Police was accused last night of shielding officers against accusations of rape after it emerged that dozens of complaints had not resulted in a single conviction over the past five years.
The figures, obtained by The Times, also show that since 2000 only 1 per cent of all public complaints of rape and sexual assault against Met staff were upheld by an internal police investigation.
Even then, a quarter of those who faced a disciplinary board were allowed to resign before any hearing and with police pension intact.


One in three people blame women for being raped, finds Amnesty survey

In the Media

WAR and women in our network gave substantial interviews on this issue on 21 November 2005 on:


Submissions from BWRAP and WAR to Harriet Harman Minister for Women Consultation on Priorities, 07


Responses to the Women's National Commission on Priorities for the Ministers for Women

See the file attachment below to read BWRAP's submission (pdf file)

WAR Submission:

From Women Against Rape

Women’s National Commission Consultation on “Priorities for the Ministers for Women”


Question 1

What, in your view, is the top issue to be addressed under this priority?


Two women raped at knifepoint win £5,000, but Appeal Panel member says rape is not the same for prostitutes

Success story

In 1995 two women won the first private prosecution for rape, assisted by the English Collective of Prostitutes, Legal Action for Women and WAR. They were raped by the same client on different occasions. He got 14 years in prison, reduced to 11 on appeal. In court the defence accused them of inventing the rape in order to claim compensation (a common tactic, sometimes thrown even at women who never apply for compensation). They had intitially been refused compensation for delay in reporting and non-cooperation with the police, but when the man was convicted, the CICA heard an appeal. They went before a Panel of three male QCs, represented by WAR. Although the Panel had already decided to grant an award they commented that there was a question as to whether prostitutes were entitled to the same amount as other women.


Rights & Information Sheet for survivors of rape seeking asylum in the UK


It is estimated that 50% of women seeking asylum in the UK are rape survivors.  If you suffered rape or other sexual violence in your country of origin, what happened to you and its impact on you and your loved ones are a vital part of your asylum claim.  It is crucial that the full details of everything you have suffered are given to the immigration authorities as soon as possible. We include here important guidelines and case law which can help you pursue your claim.


Mum makes appeal after rape unit complaints

In the Media

Southwark News 25 June 2009 By Oliver Pugh

[Contact us if you made formal complaint about how rape was investigated by Southwark Sapphire Unit]

The mum of a fifteen-year-old rape victim at the centre of a ‘botched’ investigation by Southwark police has appealed for two new victims to come to her support group, after they made similar complaints to a police watchdog.

The two new complaints about Southwark’s Sapphire Unit were lodged in May and, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), they concerned alleged rapes in that month.


Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

Lord Faulkner,  Baroness Stern, John McDonnell MP and Niki Adams from the Englis

Start and End Dates

The struggle against poverty, war & occupation

Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent

While government feminists and religious fundamentalists say prostitution is rape and claim most sex workers have been trafficked, rapists continue to get away with it – the conviction rate for reported rape in England and Wales is 6%. But a growing international movement for women’s safety is demanding the decriminalisation of sex work. In England it is opposing a new bill to "rehabilitate" sex workers, raid brothels and criminalise clients. In San Francisco 41% voted for decriminalisation in the last election.

You Tube video of Ruth Hall of WAR speaking at the House of Commons meeting on 3 Feb


'This crime ruins people's lives', The Guardian, Friday 27 March 2009

Photograph: Teri Pengilley/Guardian

The case of Kirk Reid - yesterday convicted of assaulting 25 women - has exposed severe failings in rape investigations. Rachel Williams talks to a teenager whose own allegation was so badly handled that it led to a damning internal police inquiry

The Guardian, Friday 27 March 2009
In spring 2005, Sally noticed that there was something wrong with her daughter Rebecca. The 15-year-old was constantly crying, taking two or three baths a day, and was unable to sleep, being plagued with nightmares. Sally pleaded with Rebecca to explain what was upsetting her, but to no avail until her daughter finally woke her one night at 4am. She said that six weeks earlier she had met a man who had seemed friendly, but the next day he had raped her.

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