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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Demanding Justice

HeatStreet article distorts whistleblowers meeting
WAR's letter sets the record straight . . . 

Protest Bedroom Tax Monday 29 Feb at 10 AM - 4:30PM  Supreme Court Parliament Square London SW1P 3BD
10am Vigil & photo call outside 11am go into to court  ALSO TUE 1 March, 9.30am outside, 10.30am inside
WED 2 MARCH 9.30am outside, 10.30am inside. The Court will consider bedroom tax cases concerning disabled women and partners (Charlotte and Jayson Carmichael), carers (Paul and Sue Rutherford, their grandson Warren) and women fleeing domestic violence ("A").
https://www.facebook.com/events/1006539552726347/

WAR responds to Bernard Hogan-Howe's comments that police shouldn't automatically believe rape victims
Watch Lisa Longstaff on BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire Show, Thurs 11 Feb 2016

Evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on prostitution

WAR comment on UN decision re Julian Assange
Listen to Lisa Longstaff on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sat 6 February 2016
 

Faiza Ahmed - how one woman's cries for help went unheeded, Guardian 6 Feb 2016

Music video from Shirley Oaks Survivors Association - please support this justice campaign 

From Lima to London - rape survivors have more in common than we assume, published on UN Day for the Eilmination of violence against women, Nov

Child removals mark a return to Victorian values - Guardian Letter, 16 Dec

Pursuing Justice – sex workers take their rapist to court - a play about an historic trial  Tribune review by Cary Gee
Photos  Guardian article by Owen Bowcott

Join WAR's Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/9970675372/

WAR opposes clauses to criminalise the purchase of sexual services (Modern Slavery Bill)

Report of visit to Romania by WAR

Child Rape in Rotherham: Questions rape survivors, parents and the general public want answers to
Read more: key points from Dr Jay’s report

An ex soldier appeals to survivors to get in touch
'Military rape is like being abused by your family’
More on rape and sexual assault in the military

Asylum from Rape

Transnational day of action to close detention centres  - We've had eneough - End Detention Now! On Saturday 7 May, simultaneous demonstrations across the UK and in several other countries are being held at eight detention centres to demand their closure.  Assemble 1.30pm British Library, 96 Euston Rd NW1 2DB . . . 

Briefing Against the Immigration Bill 2015 
Opposition to the Immigration Bill continues to grow. In February, Lord Ramsbotham called for the bill to be withdrawn or suspended to allow proper consideration of a government commissioned report . . .

'Women of colour are too often ignored in the fight against rape' - published on UN Day for the elimination of violence against women

 
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Report by anti-rape campaigners, sent to all MPs, documents complaints from current and former detainees at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre

 

 

 Guardian article

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Donations

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Success stories & testimonies from survivors

Self-Help Guide for survivors

_55243921_jex_1162034_de27-1.jpgJustice is Your Right - A Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape & sexual assault & their supporters. Download it or read more here

From a user: "Thank you for the brilliant self-help guide... It was only once I had read it, that I could fully come to terms with the fact that what happened to me was rape." More

We are here because . . .

We are here becauseWe are here because . . . is an inspiring and moving collection of online video and other testimonies, filmed, recorded, edited and produced by Black/women of colour, as part of an ongoing BWRAP project . . . more

No to anonymity for men accused of rape

On rape allegations against Julian Assange

Statistics

In 70% - 90 % of rapes the victim knew the rapist, and in approx. 50 % of cases, the rapist was a partner or ex-partner. 

Of Black women, nearly 1 in 8 has suffered racist sexual assault.

98% of domestic violence is not reported to the police.

An estimated 70% of women seeking asylum in Britain have fled rape.

Only 5.6% of domestic violence ends in conviction. 

23% (almost 1 in 4) of all women in the UK (over 16) have been raped.

One to two women a week are murdered by their partner or ex-partner.

1 in 4 rape survivors have been raped more than 4 times.

A third of women in Britain have suffered domestic violence.

Approximately 85% of all rapes are not reported.

Only 6.5% of reported rapes end in conviction. Crime in general conviction rate is 34%.

One in four teenage girls has experienced violence in a relationship and one in 16 have been raped.