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.

 

 

 

Asylum from rape

77% of rape survivors refused asylum
77% of rape survivors refused asylum

70% of women seeking asylum in the UK have suffered rape and other sexual violence. But women seeking safety for themselves and their children face the same uncaring injustice as women who are raped in the UK. Despite national and international legal precedents recognising gender-based persecution, rape victims still face great obstacles in claiming protection.

Rape survivors are often denied expert reports which could corroborate their claims and are frequently accused by the authorities and Immigration Judges of fabricating their account of what has happened to them. See our research documenting this. Most women also experience bad legal representation.

BWRAP and WAR help coordinate a self-help group of women asylum seekers, help women understand their cases, enable women to report rape they were never able to speak about before, document women’s experiences, write expert reports and help run a rota of volunteers calling women in detention. Our service work informs our campaign on the most pressing issues that women face. We have helped women win the right to stay in the UK, and be reunited with their children who they were forced to leave behind when they fled to the UK.

 

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