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.




Rape in Iraq - Guardian letter 24 May 04

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Rape in Iraq

It was neither the Red Cross nor the Amnesty report that propelled the torture of Iraqi prisoners on to the front pages. It was the photos. The torture carried on until the ocular proof made political embarrassment unavoidable. Yet the photos of rape and other sexual torture of women at Abu Ghraib prison have still not been released to the public (The other prisoners, G2, May 20). Evidence of the widespread rape of women soldiers within the US military has similarly been ignored. Yet US National Public Radio mentioned 10 days ago that 100 US women soldiers claim to have been raped by their colleagues in Iraq. Why is this not pursued and reported here? We wrote to all women MPs and peers asking them to press for full disclosure of what is happening to women in Iraq at the hands of both US and UK troops. We have not received a single reply.

Cristel Amiss Black Women's Rape Action Project

Lisa Longstaff Women Against Rape ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MP NOW! - we can't allow women MPs to ignore this issue. When even women MPs are silent about the sexual torture of vulnerable women prisoners, no wonder rape survivors in Britain rarely get justice! They are ready to complain about pornography when women consent to and get paid for sex, but not about actual rape by Coalition forces and their use of it as porn. If your MP is a woman, you can ask: "Why haven't you responded to the briefing on the rape of women in Iraq sent to you by BWRAP and WAR ?" What are you ready to do now? If your MP is a man, you can ask: "Have you seen the BWRAP/WAR letter in the Guardian? Are you interested in getting their briefing?" House of Commons Tel 020 7219 3000, if you don't know who your MP is, call this number and they can tell you and put you through to your MP's office. Some MPs list their email on Please let us know what response you get! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Rape of women in Iraq & Afghanistan by US/UK Forces: NEITHER BLOOD NOR RAPE FOR OIL: To women legislators in the Coalition of the Willing Translations: Arabic Castellano Catalan Croatian French Italian Serbian Photos of women being raped by soldiers Press notice US Air Force ex-captain Dorothy Mackey says the rape of women within the military is condoned Article in 'il manifesto' - (Italian) "Abu Ghraib, marchio indelebile per le donne" See also statements from the Global Women's Strike and International Women Count Network at See also Press highlights 2004