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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Woman jailed for falsely retracting rape claim is freed

In the Media

Lord chief justice says there is important distinction between false allegation of rape and false retraction of rape allegation

Helen Pidd, Tuesday 23 November 2010 14.43 GMT

The lord chief justice, Lord Judge, said the judiciary had a 'duty of compassion for a woman who had already been victimised'. Photograph: Tim Rooke/Rex Features

The most senior judge in England and Wales today freed a mother who had been jailed for retracting "truthful" allegations that she had been raped by her husband.

Overturning her eight-month sentence, Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, criticised the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to prosecute the 28-year-old woman, who he accepted had been the victim of prolonged domestic abuse and been put under pressure by her husband to withdraw the allegations. Judge said there should be "a broad measure of compassion for a woman who had already been victimised".


Miscarriages of justice in rape cases

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Guardian Letters, 29 Nov 2010

The prosecution of "Sarah", jailed for making a "false retraction" after years of maritalrape and abuse, screams injustice (She accused her husband of rape – and ended up in jail, 27 November). Why was she prosecuted? Why wasn't her sentence quashed? And why can't her rapist husband, who kept the children and the flat, be prosecuted now before he reoffends?


When reporting rape turns into a crime

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Women who drop rape allegations because of fear are being prosecuted. Our new guide is needed more than ever.
Lisa Longstaff Comment is free, Tuesday 9 November 2010 14.04 GMT

The imprisonment of a woman in Wales for withdrawing rape allegations against her husband is a nightmarish addition to the discrimination awaiting women and girls who seek justice after suffering rape and sexual assault.

Just 6.5% of reported rapes end up with a rape conviction (and 87% end with no conviction at all). Stalking, threats to kill and further assaults are common from violent men who have been reported, especially when they have had a relationship with the victim. Two women a week are killed by partners and ex-partners. Many other women commit suicide to end the terrorism they face.


Reporting sex attack to police was the beginning of a new ordeal, says victim

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The Times, Analysis Fiona Hamilton

Last updated September 15 2010 12:01AM

For Anushka, being raped by a former partner was an “intrusion of everything”, she said. “It isn’t just unwanted sex, it’s a complete invasion of your mind, your body, your soul. It destroys you for a long time. You have no trust, you don’t want a relationship.”

When she went to the police to report the assault, believing that she had a clear-cut case, she could have hardly believed that her ordeal was about to get worse. “They don’t treat you with any care at all, I was distraught,” the 48-year-old told The Times.

She felt completely let down by the justice system because the police did not pay enough attention to her case.


Rape reform is shelved

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The Times

Fiona Hamilton London Correspondent

September 14 2010 10:37PM


The family of a Carlisle woman jailed for three years for faking a sex attack have vowed to fight to clear her name “if it takes forever”.

In the Media

Cumberland News Exclusive by Sarah Newstead
Published at 10:52, Friday, 16 July 2010

Leyla Elhand Mohamed Ibrahim, 22, of Deer Park Road, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by a Carlisle Crown Court jury on June 17.

Her claim that she was attacked in the early hours of January 4 last year 2009 on a footpath near Cavendish Terrace sparked a manhunt involving up to 40 police officers and costing £150,000.

Sentencing yesterday, Judge Paul Batty QC described the crime as “wicked” and commended the police officers who led the investigation.

Now seven months pregnant, Ibrahim will give birth in jail and could have her baby taken from her.

But her distraught mother, Sandra Allen, 53, says she will always believe her daughter is innocent.