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

Hundreds of rapes are not being recorded as crimes by the Met police claims whistleblower

In the Media

November 19, 2013 by Melanie Newman
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Victims of rape are being dismissed (Image: Rape by

The Metropolitan Police Service is significantly under-recording rape offences according to new evidence presented to MPs.

The public administration select committee has been told that a large number of rape and other sexual offences are being wrongly categorised, and therefore not included in official crime statistics.

Serving police constable James Patrick, who analysed a sample of allegations made to the Met police force in financial year 2012/2013, said that rapes could have been under-recorded by over 24% and total sexual offences by almost 22%.


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.