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.




Petition: End the Rape of Justice


Since in cases of rape and sexual assault

o   The conviction rate for recorded rape is only 5.7% 

o   Despite the introduction of legal changes, specialist units and further training, many of those paid to enforce the law on rape are not doing this job

o  The police often do not collect all the evidence or lose or misinterpret it

o  The Crown Prosecution Service routinely turn down strong cases and often prosecute rape incompetently and negligently

o  Judges exercise their own sexism, racism and other prejudice, allowing victims to be put on trial in court (including through the illegal use of their sexual history), misdirecting juries and reinforcing prejudices they may bring

o  Incompetent professionals, who would be disciplined or even sacked in other professions, are not dismissed and rarely disciplined in any way.

o  Women and girls are endangered by the refusal of the criminal justice system to effectively prosecute violent criminals, i.e. rapists

o  Men who are allowed to get away with rape go on to rape again and sometimes to kill

    We the undersigned believe that police officers, prosecutors and judges who have shown themselves to be sexist, racist or otherwise prejudiced against victims of sexual violence, or to be negligent and incompetent in the prosecution of rape cases, should be publicly disciplined, moved off rape cases or sacked, depending on the nature of their offence.  

We the undersigned believe that’s the only way those responsible for the criminal justice system will be held to account, so women, children and men are finally protected from the violent crime of rape. 

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