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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RAPED, TORTURED… But denied asylum by the UK Home Office

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Cristel Amiss of Black Women’s Rape Action Project: ‘It’s harder for women to ge

voice_logo.jpgBy Dionne Grant 12 July 2006
Sara peered at them through the slit of her eyes. There were many, big men, vexed and merciless. Her husband, was bound in a corner, staring into blankness, their eyes met. Nothing transpired as she was mounted by the first man. He tore into her, she bore the pain in defiance. The second man came, the pain ripped through her abdomen and slammed into her head. She remained conscious throughout the ordeal – at least up to the point where the third man mounted her. There were many others after him, but her mind soon reached its threshold and she passed out.

A victim of the Congo’s brutal tribal war, her experience was common to the women of her village. Her husband and children were taken away and she was left for dead. She has not heard from them since.

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Rape victims denied refuge in Britain

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Letter published in The Independent, 24 May 2006

Sir: The "soft targets" for deportation are first of all women and children who find it hardest to "disappear" in the system. (" 'Soft targets' picked on for deportation, say refugee campaigners", 18 May).
Just last week, a young woman was removed to an African country after the Home Office and courts refused to accept compelling expert evidence confirming the torture she had suffered. She had turned 17 when she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped by rebel soldiers who killed her mother in front of her. When government troops stormed the rebels' camp, she was imprisoned as a suspected rebel sympathiser and raped again by soldiers.
Like most rape survivors we see, this young woman was disbelieved (the conviction rate for reported rape in Britain is 5.6 per cent). She was forcibly deported despite the protests at the airport by fellow students and others.

'Why we believe the police have lost sight of rape'

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While Tony and Ian Blair focus on defeating terrorists, are domestic violence, rape and racist assault being forgotten?

By Lisa Longstaff and Cristel Amiss,
The Times , Tuesday 17 January 2006

SOON after the shooting of the Brazilian Jean-Charles de Menezes by anti-terrorist officers, Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, called for public debate on policing. Now Tony Blair has announced drastic, immediate measures against hooligans, truants and their parents. But the most common, violent and terrifying antisocial behaviour - rape, domestic violence, racist attacks - do not appear a priority for either Blair.

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Government says rape victims are "not vulnerable" to deny asylum seekers legal representation

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Correspondence between government Minister David Lammy and Black Women's Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape
published in The Guardian Letters page

Erosion of asylum rights
Monday July 12, 2004 , The Guardian, Letters
Rape survivors are vulnerable and find it difficult, often impossible, to speak about the violence they have suffered. The law acknowledges this, granting rape victims anonymity. Women who have been raped who seek asylum in Britain are even more vulnerable. Deeply traumatised, they face the additional and frightening hurdle of being interviewed by officials in totally unfamiliar surroundings and often through translation.Yet according to David Lammy, the minister for constitutional affairs, the government is not "persuaded that victims of rape or torture, however defined, should be regarded as being in a category of vulnerable people".

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Racism against asylum seekers

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The Guardian article below came about as a result of Legal Action for Women’s National Gathering on Saturday 3 July 2004. Kamwaura Nygothi was one of a number of women who raised the racism they were suffering in the North East of England. As a result of the article we have received many sympathetic responses, including several from Middlesborough. People said how shocked and disgusted they are at the racism and some offered practical support and help with housing, food and donations. Some of the letters and articles can be seen below.

Every moment for me is fear
As an asylum seeker, I discovered what racism really means when I was 'dispersed' to Middlesbrough

Kamwaura Nygothi, The Guardian, Comment, Thursday July 8, 2004

I am an asylum seeker and I am black. I believe that in Middlesbrough, where the Home Office has placed me, I am not safe.

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Response to Refugee Council’s letter in Times

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Dear Letters Editor,

That three main organisations supposed to protect the human rights of asylum seekers broadly welcome Blair's views (7 May 01 ) on asylum is frightening and potentially life threatening.

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