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.




Sign to support rape survivors

We urge you to sign our petition below to stop rape survivors being blamed and even criminalised. The events in Rotherham show, once again, how urgent this is. While the rapists were not investigated and most are still at large, the girls were blamed and trashed, even arrested for being drunk. You may also have seen The Independent reported that ‘The proportion of rape cases referred by police for prosecution is at its lowest level since records began . . .’

Signers so far include: Annie Rose, ISVA; Ashiana Network; Asian Women's Resource Centre; Central Scotland Rape; Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre; Debaleena Dasgupta, solicitor Birnberg Peirce & Partners; Hull Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Service; National Association for People Abused in Childhood; Unity Centre; Sarah McLean, development worker for victims of Domestic Violence; Sasha Barton, solicitor Hodge Jones & Allen LLP; Women's Aid Federation of England; Women’s Resource Centre


Please sign on behalf of your organization or as an individual – indicate which:

We the undersigned are very concerned that women and children who report rape and/or domestic violence (DV) may be pressurised to withdraw or retract their allegations, and that some are even prosecuted and imprisoned.* The fear of being disbelieved discourages survivors from coming forward. Given that one in three women has suffered domestic and/or sexual violence, that 90% of rapes and DV are never reported, that only 6.7% of reported rapes and 5% of DV lead to a conviction, and that two women a week are killed by partners or ex-partners, to discourage survivors from reporting and punish some survivors who do report, endangers lives and is not in the public interest.

NAME                        Organisation (indicate whether you are signing on behalf of)



Please email or fax your endorsement to WAR at or 020 7267 7297

Signed by: 

All African Women’s Group, Rosie Sims;
Alastair Lyon, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce & Partners;
Anawim, Sarah Gallagher, Service Manager;
Annie Rose, ISVA;
Ashiana Network, Akram Hallaji, Advice and Support Worker;
Asian Women's Resource Centre (Brent), Ms Sarbjit Ganger;
Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Cristel Amiss;
Campaign for Radical Sociology, Professor Colin Francome;
Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre, Jacqueline Morgan;
Debaleena Dasgupta, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce & Partners;
Diana Brown, Deputy Manager/Staff Governor, Mental Health Resource Centre, Islington;
Dr Charmain Goldwyn, Independent Medical Practitioner;
Dr Farah Faizal (Didi), Former High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Maldives to the UK;
Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Hon Senior Lecturer in Traumatic studies at King’s College London;
English Collective of Prostitutes, Cari Mitchell;
Feminist Fightback
Global Women’s Strike, Selma James;
Hull Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Service, Lauren Heath, Trustee;
Ian A MacDonald QC;
Jo Wilding, Barrister;
Hon. Juliet Peston;
Rev’d Kes Grant, Chaplain, St. Augustine Academy (Kent);
Legal Action for Women, Nina Lopez;
Lisa Avalos, School of Law, University of Arkansas USA;
Maggie Ronayne, Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway;
Margaretta Vauls, Children and Young Person's ISVA and Counsellor;
National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Peter Saunders, Chief Executive;
Nottingham Citizens for Sanctuary, Konnie Lloyd;
Out and Proud Diamond Group African LGBTI, Edwin Sesange, Director;
Payday Men’s Network, Giorgio Riva;
Sallie Brown, ISVA;
Sarah McLean, development worker for victims of domestic violence;
Sasha Barton, solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP;
Sheila Gilmore MP
Single Mothers’ Self Defence, Kim Sparrow;
Shamik Dutta, solicitor Bhatt Murphy;
Sharon Hardy, sister of the late Cpl Anne - marie Ellement;
Susannah Rustin, journalist
Unity Centre, Glasgow;
Wan2talk.Org, Carol Azzopardi;
Waveney Trades Council, Shaun Jeffery, President;
Winvisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Claire Glasman;
Women's Aid Federation of England, Polly Neate, Chief Executive
Women’s Resource Centre, Suvi Ramo

Abby Hughes
Alex Brew, rape support worker, artist
Amanda Baker
Amanda Lewis
Anne Hall
Ann Sylvester
Anne Skipper
Anthony Dooley
Bahar Mustafa
Bridget Symonds
Carla Halstead
Cary Gee, journalist
Cat Everett
Catherine Hopes
Professor Colin Francome, Middlesex University
Dean Kendall
Denver Garrison
Emily Brooker
Emma Blythe
Emmeline Rollinson
Gail Sherwood
Graham White
Hornbeam Bakers' Collective, Pilar Lopez Martin
Hannah D'Ovidio
Iona Jones
Isabel Why
Jasmine Sallis
Jason Wright
Jenny Leighton, former mental health social worker
Jill Stone
Jo Ronayne
Jo Wilding, Barrister
John Chillingworth
Kathy Jones, Glastonbury Goddess Temple
Lani Parker
Lillian Winter
Mike Darby
Nicola Mann
Nilay Ertuğalp
Nina Yeo
Patrick Farkas
Paul Barbara
Peter Ronayne
Rachel Inman
Roy St Pierre
Ruth Jacobs
Sally Hyman
Shireen Jamil, survivor of domestic violence
Sophie Leighton, curator
Stephanie Mathivet
Tom Cumberlege, environmental consultant
Zoe Gardner

*In 2013 the Crown Prosecution Service published a report that documented that over 17 months (Jan 2011-May 2012) there were 35 prosecutions of women accused of lying about rape, and 6 accused of lying about domestic violence (‘Charging Perverting the Course of Justice and Wasting Police Time in cases involving allegedly false rape and domestic violence allegations’, Joint report to the DPP by Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor & the CPS Equality and Diversity Unit, March 2013)