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.




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What people say about WAR

“Our experience and that of our colleagues at Two Garden Court chambers (the leading immigration and asylum chambers in the country) is that in a number of cases the reports provided in support of rape victims by WAR have been decisive in winning their cases and preventing their removal to countries of persecution. A report from WAR provided the foundation for the legal proposition that a traumatised rape victim may be unable to speak about her experiences for a considerable period which has in turn helped large numbers of asylum claimants whose late claim that they were raped would otherwise have been disbelieved. The physical, emotional and moral support WAR provides to victims is vital.”
Ian McDonald QC and 11 colleagues at Two Garden Court Chambers, 25 October 2002

"Women Against Rape is a dedicated and formidable campaigning team. When they take up an individual's cause, they help, support and fight for them from beginning to end."
Debaleena DasGupta, Fisher Meredith Solicitors, 18 September 2009

“…from one professional to another I really admire the fantastic work you are doing to help people apply and appeal for compensation for rape and sexual assault. CICA is shrouded in mystery and when our clients put it into a search engine, it just returns thousands of money-hungry solicitors advertising their services. You offer an incredible service and I was really pleased to find your organization.
I have spent most of my career in the criminal justice system managing the vulnerable and intimidated witness programme for all courts in Staffs and then moved to SARAC a year ago to conduct research, design training courses for/teach counselors and post grad students and to manage our face-to-face and helpline services. Therefore my working knowledge of CICA, rape and sexual assault in the criminal justice system is excellent – and I still find myself with questions!
…Thanks guys, you really are literally a shining beacon of hope!!”
Co-ordinator of the Sexual Abuse and Rape Advice Centre in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

BogusatAmnesty9288web.JPGDistinguished playwright Kay Adshead led an open discussion after a performance at Amnesty in London of her play “The Bogus Woman”, her highly acclaimed play about a Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Britain. She called for “public support for WAR, a grassroots organisation short of funds but making a major impact.”

Battle to prioritise a heinous crime, Hampstead & Highgate Express