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.

 

 

 

perverting the course of justice

I accused my husband of rape. I was locked up – and he was set free

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Exclusive: Sarah said she suffered years of abuse from her brutal partner. But when she reported it to the police, the tables were turned on her and she lost her freedom and her children

Helen Pidd
guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 November 2010 21.34 GMT

At midnight on 28 November last year, Sarah made the phone call she says she thought would save her life. After nine years of abuse from a man she describes as so controlling that she wasn't allowed her own purse, let alone bank card or driving licence, she had finally been pushed over the edge.

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The idea that we are faced with the mutually exclusive objectives of protecting victims of rape and the innocent is false

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Why women who report rape fall foul of a harsh criminal justice system

Afua Hirsch, legal affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 November 2010 21.00 GMT
 

The criminal justice system is flawed, and is failing to protect the victims of rape adequately.

It's hard to believe that the views of a 17th-century jurist could have any place in the modern law on rape. Sir Matthew Hale was not enlightened even for his time, with his view that "[a] husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual consent and contract the wife hath given up herself in this kind unto her husband, which she cannot retract".

But Hale's rule remained the law until 1991, when the House of Lords at last acknowledged it was "no longer acceptable". Twenty years from now we may well look back on the way today's courts approach rape victims with similar disbelief.

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False rape complaint case that split a small community

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The conviction of a 16-year-old girl for falsely claiming she was raped has caused alarm among campaigners
• Steven Morris
• guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 January 2011 18.15 GMT
 

She should have been in a classroom working towards her GCSE exams, making sure she achieves the grades she needs to study photography at college.

Instead after a gruelling three-day trial the teenager found herself in front of a judge being convicted of falsely claiming that she was raped last summer when she was just 15.

The case has caused alarm among anti-rape campaigners and legal experts who believe it is yet another example of the increasing readiness of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue women – or in this case a girl – who in their eyes falsely claim rape.

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The family of a Carlisle woman jailed for three years for faking a sex attack have vowed to fight to clear her name “if it takes forever”.

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Cumberland News Exclusive by Sarah Newstead
Published at 10:52, Friday, 16 July 2010

Leyla Elhand Mohamed Ibrahim, 22, of Deer Park Road, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by a Carlisle Crown Court jury on June 17.

Her claim that she was attacked in the early hours of January 4 last year 2009 on a footpath near Cavendish Terrace sparked a manhunt involving up to 40 police officers and costing £150,000.

Sentencing yesterday, Judge Paul Batty QC described the crime as “wicked” and commended the police officers who led the investigation.

Now seven months pregnant, Ibrahim will give birth in jail and could have her baby taken from her.

But her distraught mother, Sandra Allen, 53, says she will always believe her daughter is innocent.

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Jailed for crying rape: fantasist or genuine victim?

Supporters of Gail Sherwood say her conviction will discourage others from reporting attacks. Prosecutors say she had to be taken to court for the sake of real rape victims

Steven Morris
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 9 March 2010 13.19 GMT
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