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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Nigel Evans and Ben Sullivan are wrong: rape suspects should not be given anonymity

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From 1976 until 1988, both sides in sexual cases had anonymity. The Thatcher government – not generally known for its strong stand on women’s rights – repealed it, because it had appalling consequences.

by Willard Foxton Published 24 June, 2014 - 15:24 New Statesman

The fashionable thing to do on being cleared of rape these days is to walk free from the courtroom or police station and loudly issue a public statement calling for those accused of rape to be granted anonymity by the courts because of your “ordeal”.

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Rape Crisis Hits Out At Tory MP’s Plea To Protect The Accused

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Morning Star
JAN 2015 Wednesday 7TH
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

WOMEN’S charities slammed Tory MPs’ call for those accused of rape to remain anonymous yesterday, warning that it was “unjustifiable” and will treat victims as “liars.”

Rape Crisis hit back after Mark Pritchard (pictured) and Nigel Evans demanded that the law of anonymity be changed to protect the accused as well as the victims of sexual offences.

Mr Pritchard had been arrested in early December over allegations of rape, but the case was dropped yesterday due to lack of evidence.

A Rape Crisis spokeswoman told the Star the group was “concerned that singling out rape and sexual assault for defendant anonymity would send a message that women who report these crimes are more likely to be lying than people who report other kinds of crime.

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Media coverage of House of Commons event "Jail rapists not rape victims" on 2nd December 2014

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 The Guardian, 109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years, say campaigners
http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/dec/01/109-women-prosecuted-false-ra...

The Guardian, Comment is Free ‘Britain is violating rape victims’ human rights’ by Prof Lisa Avalos
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/02/britain-violating-r...

The Telegraph, 109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/11267565/Rape-claims-10...

The Independent, Comment, ‘My partner raped me and I was the one prosecuted’ – by ANON woman from WAR
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/my-partner-raped-me-and-i-wa...

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DPP defends decision to prosecute rape complainant who killed herself

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 Case against Eleanor de Freitas was strong, says Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, defending CPS
Sandra Laville • The Guardian, Tuesday 9 December 2014 14.00 GMT
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Eleanor de Freitas, who was prosecuted over an alleged false rape claim. Photograph: PA

The director of public prosecutions has vigorously defended the decision to prosecute a rape complainant who went on to kill herself days before her trial for perverting the course of justice.

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'My partner raped me, and I was the one prosecuted'

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I was prosecuted for ‘malicious communications’ against my ex-partner. He was sexually violent and abusive, and after the first rape I reported him to the police. The investigation was sloppy and after a few weeks the CPS decided not to charge him. They said I was in no danger; he went on to rape me again.

I was able to get a restraining order against him after recording a phone call in which he stated he was going to rape my friend as well. Because he worked with vulnerable people, I thought I should inform his employers that I had a restraining order.

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Court rejects call for woman’s jail term over false rape claims to be increased

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Solicitor general, Robert Buckland QC, said sentence of Rhiannon Brooker was unduly lenient, but court of appeal disagrees

Steven Morris

The Guardian, Thursday 25 September 2014 18.19 BST
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Rhiannon Brooker, whose jail term will not be increased Photograph: Adrian Sherratt for the Guardian

The solicitor general has been criticised for asking a court to increase a three-and-a-half-year jail term imposed on a trainee barrister and new mother convicted of falsely accusing her former boyfriend of a series of rapes and assaults.

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