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.




Launch of WAR's Self-Help Guide


Start and End Dates


Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2, Holborn tube, (wheelchair accessible)

Entry price



Women Against Rape invites you to the Launch of its Self-Help Guide


For survivors of rape & sexual assault & their advocates

Hosted by Ian Macdonald QC

Speakers include:
Cristel Amiss: Black Women’s Rape Action Project
A and B: Rape survivors who have made IPCC complaints
Debaleena Dasgupta: Fisher Meredith Solicitors
Sally Freeman: Whose daughter’s rapist was freed after police lost evidence
Lisa Longstaff: Women Against Rape
Lori Nairne, Legal Action for Women, San Francisco
Annie Rose: Independent Sexual Violence Advocate

Followed by discussion.


The conviction rate for rape is just 6.5%. This new Guide is based on decades of direct experience as rape survivors and advocates working together on individual cases (including our own and each others’) and campaigning for justice. By spelling out the obstacles that are often put in the way of those who report rape and suggesting ways of tackling them, we aim to fortify rape survivors so they can insist on their rights.


The Guide addresses common questions, including: Is what happened to me rape according to the law? Should I report to the police? What if I’d taken drugs or had been drinking? How do I complain about a negative police or CPS response? Should I give video evidence or a written statement? At the trial should I give evidence in person or by video link? Am I entitled to compensation? Tel: 0207 482 2496 Fax: 0207 209 4751