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.





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.


WAR speaking 23 May at screening of The Invisible War

 sidebar_img.jpgThe Invisible War
Directed by Kirby Dick, USA, 2012, 93m documentary

This Oscar®-nominated documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kirby Dick exposes one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the US military. Victims often find themselves ostracised and pressured into remaining silent. The film investigates the institutions that perpetuate these issues, as well as looking at their profound personal and social consequences. This is not a movie that can be ignored. – The New York Times See trailer


An ex soldier appeals to survivors to get in touch

My name is Ex LSgt Donna Rayment, I am a survivor of serious sexual assault by army colleagues.

The majority of British armed forces are professional, law abiding and have total respect for their fellow service personnel.

There is however a small minority who commit crimes such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, bullying, harassment, even murder. These crimes are committed against other service personnel and family.

These horrendous crimes are being ignored by the chain of command, British military justice system, the Ministry of Defence and leading military charities.

My assault occurred whilst on exercise by two other soldiers, who I knew.

I reported this crime, but it was instantly dismissed by my chain of command. I then faced bullying and harassment by several officers and warrant officers in my command.


'Military rape is like being abused by your family’

In the Media

After Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement’s suicide, victims and relatives argue that the Army is failing its women

Before her suicide, Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement alleged that she was subjected to a campaign of bullying by female colleagues, including the girlfriend of the soldier she had accused of rape Photo: INS

By Sarah Rainey
8:20PM GMT 07 Feb 2014 The Telegraph

The buttons on her navy jacket gleamed and the peak on her scarlet cap had been polished until it shone. Standing to attention on her first day as a Royal Military Police officer, the smile on Anne-Marie Ellement’s face said it all: this was the moment she had been waiting for all her life.


Sex case reaction ended my Army life

Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794  
Case Study

A female soldier claimed that she was made to feel it was her fault after she alleged that two male colleagues sexually assaulted her (Dedorah Haynes writes).

Donna Rayment ,was a corporal in the Territorial Army when the alleged attack took place while she was working as driver for one of the reservist squadrons of the special Air service in 1999.

Some members of her unit was on the was from training exercise overseas and spent the night at a hotel. A number of soldiers, incuding Ms Rayment, went for a few drinks.  She returned to the hotel were they were staying with two colleagues, whom were also not members of the SAS.


Frightening cover-up' over rape in Forces

The Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor

Rape and sexual crimes with the Armed Forces are far more widespread than previously admitted, The Times can reveal.

More than 260 rape allegations have been made against servicemen in the past three years- far more than the figure disclosed in the Parliament last year.


Rape in Iraq - Guardian letter 24 May 04

International News

Rape in Iraq

It was neither the Red Cross nor the Amnesty report that propelled the torture of Iraqi prisoners on to the front pages. It was the photos. The torture carried on until the ocular proof made political embarrassment unavoidable. Yet the photos of rape and other sexual torture of women at Abu Ghraib prison have still not been released to the public (The other prisoners, G2, May 20). Evidence of the widespread rape of women soldiers within the US military has similarly been ignored. Yet US National Public Radio mentioned 10 days ago that 100 US women soldiers claim to have been raped by their colleagues in Iraq. Why is this not pursued and reported here? We wrote to all women MPs and peers asking them to press for full disclosure of what is happening to women in Iraq at the hands of both US and UK troops. We have not received a single reply.

Cristel Amiss Black Women's Rape Action Project

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