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

Sexual abuse allegations corroborated at Yarl's Wood immigration centre

In the Media

Accounts of sexually inappropriate behaviour include guards offering to assist in immigration cases in return for sexual contact

· Mark Townsend, home affairs editor
· The Observer, Saturday 21 September 2013 23.51 BST
Police are now investigating claims by a detainee known as Tanja that she was subjected to sexually inappropriate behaviour. Photograph: Guy Corbishley/ Guy Corbishley/Demotix/Corbis

Three more women have come forward to corroborate allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between inmates and staff at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre, including claims that such behaviour is still going on.


Lisa Longstaff and Prof. Lisa Avalos report on launch of new US research about false allegations

In the Media

Michael Le Vell's acquittal is no reason to give rape defendants anonymity

False reports are extremely rare. There's no reason to single out rape defendants from those accused of other crimes

Lisa Longstaff and Lisa Avalos, Thursday 26 September 2013 17.00 BST

Michael Le Vell, centre, was cleared of all charges. Photograph: Paul Cousans/Barcroft Media

Every time a celebrity is acquitted of rape allegations, a pernicious media campaign clamours for anonymity for defendants to stop women and children from wrecking vulnerable men's lives. Most recently, we saw this after the Michael Le Vell trial.


Shameful persecution of UK rape victims

In the Media

Letters, The Guardian, Monday 11 March 2013 20.59 GMT

In Somalia, Lul Ali Osman Barake was sentenced to a year in jail after reporting rape by a gang of men in military fatigues. She described being raped twice, first by the military, second by the judicial system. Following an international outcry, the verdict was quashed on appeal (Report, 8 March). Rape victims in Britain are also pressured to retract and imprisoned. Gail Sherwood and Layla Ibrahim were sentenced to two and three years in jail respectively after reporting rape by strangers. We are supporting their campaign to clear their names.

Frightening cover-up' over rape in Forces

In the Media

Rape and sexual crimes with the Armed Forces are far more widespread than previously admitted, The Times can reveal.

The Times, 29 January 2013 no 70794
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor

More than 260 rape allegations have been made against servicemen in the past three years- far more than the figure disclosed in the Parliament last year.

Police pay compensation in precedent rape claim

In the Media


A landmark civil suit was settled on recently with the Metropolitan police paying £15,000 damages to a woman whose rape when she was 15 was badly mishandled by a police Sapphire Team in Southwark, London. With the scandals in the news of scores of girls raped over years in Rochdale, Rotherham and by Jimmy Savile (and possibly his associates), this case puts the spotlight on the flagship Sapphire Rape Units.


Rapist Brian Witty jailed indefinitely

In the Media

Former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain is told he must serve a minimum of eight years

Press Association, Friday 25 May 2012 14.53 BST

Brian Witty, who attacked two women he met on a dating website and two more he met in bars. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A former soldier who carried out a string of sex attacks has been jailed indefinitely.

Judge Nicholas Price QC described Brian Witty, 41, as a "predatory rapist" as he told the former Territorial Army Parachute Regiment captain he would serve at least eight years before he could be considered for release.