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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Dossier calling for Yarl’s Wood closure chronicles decade of abuse complaints

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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

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A protest at Westminster on Monday afternoon calling for Yarl’s Wood to be shut down. Photograph: Velar Grant/Zuma Press/Corbis

Diane Taylor
Monday 15 June 2015 16.24 BST Last modified on Monday 15 June 2015 17.08 BST
The Guardian

A decade of complaints about sexual abuse and mistreatment at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre are documented in a report based on hundreds of complaints by detainees.

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Landmark rape prosecution revisited in courtroom drama Pursuing Justice

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A new play by Lesley Delmenico, to be presented in London, is based on the transcript of a 1995 trial of a man accused of raping two prostitutes

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Rape victims with petty convictions denied compensation

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The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority routinely refuses to make awards to women who have committed minor offences

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Getting convicted for shoplifting could result in reduced compensation awards for rape. Photograph: Alamy

Frankie Mullin
Tuesday 17 March 2015 14.09 GMTLast modified on Tuesday 17 March 201514.44 GMT

Pauline Doyle was gang-raped as a teenager. After the attack, life slipped increasingly from her control. She was failed by numerous agencies and, for 19 years, was addicted to heroin and crack, supporting her habit in any way she could.

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Government ‘Response’ To Child Rape Is A Smokescreen

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Morning Star 12 MARCH 2015

LISA LONGSTAFF from Women Against Rape and CRISTEL AMISS of the Black Women’s Rape Action Project examine the state’s attempts at obfuscation

Far from tackling rape, the government’s response to the review into the child rape epidemic in Oxford is a merely smokescreen to “manage” the outcry.

The government proposes to make it compulsory to report any underage sexual activity as child abuse. But this would increase the power of the state to control children rather than the power of children and their families to get justice.
It also hides child rape, calling it abuse or exploitation instead. And it disconnects child survivors from adult survivors, especially women. And let’s not forget that only 5.7 per cent of recorded rape ends in conviction and that 90 per cent of rapists get away with it.

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Rape victims' compensation cut because of past offences such as using MOBILE PHONE while driving

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“Lisa Longstaff, spokeswoman for Women Against Rape, said: “This system penalises the poorest victims when it should be helping them.”
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Daily Mirror , 15 February 2015, By Tom Pettifor

Two victims each had £2,200 cut from payouts for injuries suffered during horrific sex attacks as they had convictions for TV licence evasion and theft

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Cheap and nasty: 29 sex crime victims had compo reduced by a total of £75,000 over the last two years

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