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

In the Media

 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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Rhiannon Brooker – WAR welcomes Appeal Court refusal to increase sentence.

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Rhiannon Brooker was sentenced in June to 3½ years in prison after reporting rape and domestic violence. She was separated from her 10-month-old baby who was still breast-feeding and is now traumatised.

Rhiannon was disbelieved and prosecuted for perverting the course of justice with more vigour and resources than we ever see used against our violent attackers. Like many other women who end up in jail, she is also a survivor of childhood rape.

On 25 September 2014, the Court of Appeal heard a biased and malicious application from the CPS and the Attorney General for an even longer sentence and rejected it. They rightly took into account the damage caused by imprisonment to mother and child.

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‘I was murdered by my ex-husband in 1994’: Domestic violence victim calls for change in law on historic abuse

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This woman, who was abused by her husband for a decade, has urged the government to change the law on historic domestic violence cases. Picture: Nigel Sutton This woman, who was abused by her husband for a decade, has urged the government to change the law on historic domestic violence cases. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Tom Marshall and Emma Youle
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 AM
Ham & High 
http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/court-crime/hampstead_domestic_violence_vi...

Twenty years ago this woman was slapped so violently on the head by her husband that she suffered a brain haemorrhage, causing injuries that will end her life prematurely.

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