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.

 

 

 

In the Media

It is a national disgrace that in 2009 rape almost always goes unpunished

In the Media

Today's measures can have little impact in the face of a culture that systematically neglects victims of sexual assault

Guardian 15 April 09
by Libby Brooks

I have only heard one person expounding at length that women regularly "cry rape" in order to enjoy a free ride home in a squad car after a night out. And he was a detective sergeant. Certainly, a tiny and overexposed minority do confect allegations. Many, many more do not. This is Britain in the spring of 2009. An estimated 47,000 women are raped in this country every year. Between 75% and 95% of them will never report their attack. Of those who do, only a quarter make it to court, and there face an abject conviction rate of 6.5%. By my most conservative calculations, this results in 191 of those 47,000 ever seeing justice done.

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In the workfare state, poverty is always an individual failing

In the Media

The single mum quoted is a member of WAR

The welfare reform bill has a message: long-term unemployment will be punished, regardless of health or dependants
Libby Brooks, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 June 2009 22.00 BST

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Asylum seekers' experiences of social services

In the Media

This Community Care article is based on interviews with members of the All African Women’s Group and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. The article exposes the hidden reality of how women seeking asylum from rape are increasingly facing an apartheid system of benefits, healthcare, housing and social services.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/06/01/111690/asylum-seekers-experiences-of-social-services.html

01 June 2009 | Rowenna Davis Community | Care

Asylum seekers often complain that social services are not receptive to their cause. Rowenna Davis reports on obstacles faced by social workers and on organisations that help

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Where the MPs' expenses money would have been better spent

In the Media

Public money should be used to give the most vulnerable a safety net, not to line pockets of the already affluent, writes Rowenna Davis

Guardian, JoePublic blog

As the moats, horse manure, chandeliers and duck houses have come pouring out of the Westminster expenses bag over the last fortnight, I have been working on a series of interviews with asylum seekers. The power inequalities couldn't be more pronounced. While those at the top are getting more than they are entitled to, those at the bottom are consistently getting less than they deserve.

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The rapists' best friend

In the Media

Comment & Debate
The Worboys case is a familiar catalogue of police incompetence, laziness and prejudice, Lisa Longstaff
The Guardian, Saturday 14 March 2009

If the Sapphire unit - set up by the Metropolitan police to focus exclusively on sexual offences - had been created to protect John Worboys, the taxi driver found guilty yesterday of a series of rapes and assaults, it couldn't have done a better job. We are unfortunately very familiar with such a catalogue of police incompetence, laziness, prejudice and even hostility.

Despite decades of campaigning publicly and privately for the police to take rape seriously, all we have seen is a series of public relations exercises that change nothing. Rape continues to be deprioritised. Each time we complain we are told that rape is particularly difficult to prove. But the blunders are glaring and always the same.

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'Rape victim told to show duvet to police' Independent, 2 Oct 08

In the Media
Independent
'Insensitive' treatment of teenager highlights low conviction rates
By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, Independent
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