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.

 

 

 

Police

Police 'culture of disbelief' over rape claims alarms official monitoring group

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New figures reveal that police forces are writing off up to one third of all allegations reported to them

• Alan Travis, home affairs editor
• The Guardian, Friday 31 January 2014

Official concern over a "culture of disbelief" in rape cases has been raised as new figures show that some police forces are writing off up to a third of all allegations reported to them.

A report by the high-powered joint government and police rape monitoring group confirms that a postcode lottery is operating in the way the 43 forces in England and Wales deal with rape allegations.

The figures show that the "no crime" rate for adult rape – the rate at which forces dismiss allegations initially recorded as a crime because of later details that emerge about the case – varies from only 3% in Cumbria to 33% in Lincolnshire.

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Hundreds of rapes are not being recorded as crimes by the Met police claims whistleblower

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November 19, 2013 by Melanie Newman
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
 
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Victims of rape are being dismissed (Image: Rape by Shutterstock.com)

The Metropolitan Police Service is significantly under-recording rape offences according to new evidence presented to MPs.

The public administration select committee has been told that a large number of rape and other sexual offences are being wrongly categorised, and therefore not included in official crime statistics.

Serving police constable James Patrick, who analysed a sample of allegations made to the Met police force in financial year 2012/2013, said that rapes could have been under-recorded by over 24% and total sexual offences by almost 22%.

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Police investigate 169 staff over predatory sexual behaviour

High-level meeting held to address issue of officers and support staff abusing positions to prey on public, including crime victims

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
The Guardian, Saturday 10 August 2013

The predatory sexual behaviour of police officers ranges from rape to voyeurism. Photograph: Steve Phillips/Alamy
Police forces are being ordered to face up to corruption by officers who commit sexual offences against vulnerable women and young people, as figures obtained by the Guardian reveal 169 officers and support staff are under investigation for predatory sexual behaviour.

Senior officers from the 43 forces of England and Wales have held a high-level private meeting to address the problem of officers who abuse their position to make inappropriate sexual advances or carry out sexual assaults on members of the public, many of whom are victims of crime.

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Rape cover-up? It is history, says Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

JUSTIN DAVENPORT, CRIME EDITOR
Published: 28 February 2013

Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has apologised to victims of rapes who were pressured by police into withdrawing their allegations so officers could meet performance targets.

However, the Met Commissioner faced attack after he attempted to deflect criticism over the issue by saying the cases — which took place in 2008 and 2009 — were “relatively historic”.

His comments came after the Independent Police Complaints Commission severely criticised the force’s Southwark Sapphire specialist sex crimes unit for adopting an approach of “failing to believe” victims.

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Why do the police deal with rape cases so badly? Lisa Longstaff in the Guardian

Their record in rape cases is abysmal – and they seem to resent accountability, preferring to improve PR rather than performance

Lisa Longstaff
theguardian.com, Monday 4 March 2013 09.00 GMT

Allegations of sexual violence and cover-up are threatening every institution. Can rape be dealt with when so many in authority are themselves guilty? Of course it can. But first the police, charged with enforcing the law, must change.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has investigated London's Sapphire rape units nine times in seven years – that's 19 officers disciplined, three dismissed, one imprisoned for fraudulently closing rape cases and another under investigation.

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Press release: protest rape and racism

PRESS RELEASE: Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape

Sentencing of the Oxford rapists
Women protest both rape and racism.
Police and social workers also trashed victims – will they be prosecuted?

Old Bailey, London, 26 June 2013, 10-12 noon
www.womenagainstrape.net Tel 020 7482 2496

Seven men will be sentenced for 43 offences – ranging from rape and conspiracy to rape to supplying Class A drugs to using an instrument to procure a miscarriage – against six underage girls. But what about the police officers and social workers whose refusal to act enabled these rapes? Will they be prosecuted for aiding and abetting rape? Were they involved in other ways? Is that why they didn’t act against rape? Or is it their bias against working class children and against rape victims generally?

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Former Met police officer admits failing to investigate rape cases

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Ryan Coleman-Farrow faked police reports, failed to pass on evidence and falsely claimed to have interviewed suspects
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Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 12 September 2012 14.51 BST

An investigator from the Metropolitan police specialist sex crimes unit has admitted failing to investigate the alleged rapes and sexual assaults of 12 women by faking police reports, failing to pass on forensic evidence and not interviewing suspects.

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Pubs and clubs to face closure in rape crackdown

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Exclusive: Met police's sex crimes unit, Sapphire, will target male behaviour where high levels of rape and sexual assaults take place

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Police abuse: vulnerable women and girls were targeted by sexual predators

Officers were able to access police databases to find potential victims amid a shocking lack of supervision

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 29 June 2012 16.43 BST

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David Ainsworth, 49-year-old deputy chief constable of Wiltshire, killed himself during an investigation into 26 claims of sexual harassment against him from 13 female staff. Photograph: SWNS.com

When police officers who rape, sexually assault or harass vulnerable victims do reach the court system, phrases such as abuse of power and breach of trust ring out from the judicial benches.

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Revealed: the scale of sexual abuse by police officers

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Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds sexual predators in police are abusing their power to target victims of crime

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 29 June 2012 16.32 BST

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Northumbria police constable Stephen Mitchell, who was jailed for life after admitting charges of rape, indecent assault and misconduct in public office. Photograph: North News & Pictures

Sexual predators in the police are abusing their power to target victims of crime they are supposed to be helping, as well as fellow officers and female staff, the Guardian can reveal.

An investigation into the scale and extent of the problem suggests sexual misconduct could be more widespread than previously believed.

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