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

Brian Witty rape victim feared he would kill her after being released

In the Media

Miss C said she was distraught when police initially decided not to prosecute Witty and lost her job after becoming depressed

Rachel Williams
The Guardian, Friday 25 May 2012 16.43 BST

Brian Witty has been jailed for three rapes and one sexual assault between 1995 and 2011. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

A victim of a serial rapist who was jailed indefinitely on Friday has told how she was so scared he would strike again after police initially released him without charge that for a year she slept in her bathroom, her only room she could lock.

The woman, Miss C, said she considered suicide after being told there was not enough evidence to prosecute Brian Witty, a banker and former Territorial Army captain. She became depressed and lost her job, and has hardly worked since.


Layla's story: jailed after reporting a sexual assault

In the Media

In 2009, Layla Ibrahim told police she had been the victim of a savage sexual assault. So why did she end up in jail?

Simon Hattenstone and Afua Hirsch
The Guardian, Friday 12 August 2011 23.02 BST

Layla Ibrahim: After initially seeming sympathetic, police then talked about inconsistencies in her evidence. Photograph: Courtesy Sandra Allen

Sara Ibrahim says that since the day her little sister Layla was sent to prison, her family has been faced with a simple choice: "Do we give up and just get on with our lives, or do we clear her name? And we've decided if it takes the rest of our lives, that's what we'll do – we'll clear her name."


Should Julian Assange be extradited?

In the Media

The author, critic and playwright Bonnie Greer and Lisa Longstaff, from the advocacy group Women Against Rape, debate the fate of the WikiLeaks boss

olly.jpgOliver LaughlandThe Guardian, Friday 24 August 2012 20.59 BST





We are Women Against Rape but we do not want Julian Assange extradited

In the Media

For decades we have campaigned to get rapists caught, charged and convicted. But the pursuit of Assange is political

Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff, Thursday 23 August 2012 09.00 BST

When Julian Assange was first arrested, we were struck by the unusual zeal with which he was being pursued for rape allegations.

It seems even clearer now, that the allegations against him are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction.

Justice for an accused rapist does not deny justice for his accusers. But in this case justice is being denied both to accusers and accused.


Out of the frying pan ... how Britain lets down its most vulnerable migrants

In the Media

alanwhite.pngAlan White details the failure of the UK Border Agency to help Margaret Nambi, and many others like her.

Unreported Britain.



Yarl's Wood detention centre. Photograph: Getty Images

Margaret Nambi tells me why she left Uganda. She was at home with her husband and children when the soldiers burst in.