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.

 

 

 

Anonymity for Survivors

Women who falsely cry rape could be named and shamed by judges

In the Media

[Women Against Rape is strongly opposed to lifting a complainant’s anonymity. See quote below.]

The Times March 10, 2007, Frances Gibb, Legal Editor

Ministers are looking at giving the Court of Appeal the power to remove the anonymity of serial rape accusers when cases involving them come before judges, The Times has learnt.

The idea of a power to lift a complainant’s anonymity, to be used only in exceptional cases, comes after a case last autumn in which a man’s conviction for sexual assault was quashed as unsafe and his accuser, dubbed a “serial and repeated liar”, was named in the Commons.

But the Solicitor-General, Mike O'Brien, who has been master-minding the proposed reforms, told The Times: “The Government has no plans to remove anonymity for complainants in the vast majority of cases.”

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Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith

Dear Lord Goldsmith

Re: Ending the attack on rape survivors who report to the police

We write because we are alarmed at the recent breach of a rape survivor’s anonymity, first in Hansard (19 October), then in the Daily Mail (20 October, p.7) followed by the Sunday Times (19 November), and its implications for all rape survivors and all women. This is after decades of women demanding the protection of the law, including protection from media exposure and pornographic treatment if they report having been sexually assaulted.

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