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.

 

 

 

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A Self-Help Guide for survivors of rape and sexual assault - Justice is Your Right

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This online version of the Self-Help Guide is a PDF file, to access it you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download free from the internet.  

Click here to download the Self-Help Guide.

To order a paper copy, please send a cheque to 'Women Against Rape', PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU.
Prices: inidividuals £3; unfunded organisations £5; professionals or solidarity price £10. Free to women in prison.

This is a collective effort based on decades of experience of survivors and campaigners. It offers ways to tackle obstacles to justice you many face when reporting violence.

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Petition: End the Rape of Justice

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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.

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Police and prosecutors forced to apologise to disabled victims of crime

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This is a path-breaking case because victims of crime have been largely prevented by law from suing the police for inadequate investigations and failure to prosecute their attacker.

Police and prosecutors apologise to disabled victims of crime
• Many with special needs 'not taken seriously'
• Robbed teenager receives £70,000 payout
Afua Hirsch, legal affairs correspondent, guardian.co.uk, Sunday 10 May 2009 19.36 BST

Many disabled victims of crime are being failed by the system, the Guardian has learned, following two cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service and the police were forced to apologise for not taking offences seriously enough.

Last month Gareth Williamson, 19, became the latest victim of crime to receive damages after the police accepted they were guilty of "serious failures" in their investigation of a repeat robbery of the teenager.

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Delay in reporting is no longer to be used to discredit survivors

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For years, if you delayed reporting – even for a day, it was grounds for suspicion that you may have lied that you were raped. There are many reasons why women do not feel able to go straight to the authorities, such as shock, the effects of alcohol or drugs, fear of retribution, or just confusion about what happened and why. A delay in reporting is no longer to be used against rape survivors:

The Coroners and Justice Bill repeals paragraph 120(7)(d) Criminal Justice Act 2003 in relation to sexual offences and domestic violence offences which stated that the complaint must be made 'as soon as could reasonably be expected after the alleged conduct'.

This means that a victim of sexual offences or domestic violence cannot be required to have reported the alleged conduct as soon as reasonably be expected.
 

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Submissions from BWRAP and WAR to Harriet Harman Minister for Women Consultation on Priorities, 07

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Responses to the Women's National Commission on Priorities for the Ministers for Women

See the file attachment below to read BWRAP's submission (pdf file)

WAR Submission:

From Women Against Rape

Women’s National Commission Consultation on “Priorities for the Ministers for Women”
Priority 2: TACKLING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND IMPROVING THE WAY WE DEAL WITH WOMEN WHO COMMIT CRIMES

 

Question 1

What, in your view, is the top issue to be addressed under this priority?

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Rape survivors win right to sue attacker

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Lotto rapist ruling clears way for claims

· Late compensation cases can go ahead, law lords say
· Local authorities face rise in sex abuse payouts

Clare Dyer, legal editor, Thursday January 31, 2008,The Guardian

A woman subjected to a brutal attack by the so-called Lotto rapist, Iorworth Hoare, won a landmark victory in Britain's highest court yesterday, opening the way for thousands of other victims of sexual assault to claim compensation.

The retired teacher, identified only as Mrs A, and five victims of child sex abuse who also took their cases to the House of Lords, had been barred from suing by a six-year time limit for claims based on deliberate assaults.

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Domestic violence? You’re entitled to protection. Come to our free legal advice clinic.

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SUSPENDED

With Silvers Solicitors @ Crossroads Women's Centre in Kentish Town
12 – 1.30pm
Last Monday of every month
(Pop in or call for appointment.)

Since 1976 WAR has been providing support & legal advocacy to women and girls escaping violence, and campaigning for protection from the criminal justice system. We have:
* Won legal recognition that rape in marriage is a crime.
* Helped bring the first successful private prosecution for rape.
* Won compensation for women discriminated against because they were sex workers, had a health condition or a criminal record, were drunk or on drugs…
* Won recognition that women claiming asylum may have been too traumatised to report rape, and are entitled to present "fresh evidence".
* Helped a rape survivor win £38,000 compensation for illegal detention.

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Factsheet: A few home truths about domestic violence

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Domestic violence - more common than street violence Children suffer harm and untold distress Most violence is not reported, and not acted upon when reported No money, nowhere to go Child Support Act has increased violence against women and children REFERENCES Domestic violence - more common than street violence

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BOOK: The Rapist Who Pays the Rent: Women's case for changing the Law on Rape

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The rapist who pays the rent

The Rapist Who Pays the Rent: Women's case for changing the Law on Rape
2nd edn 1984, R. Hall, S. James, J. Kertesz
Led to the historic decision that recognized rape in marriage as a crime in England and Wales.

Order from All Women Count website
 

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