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.

 

 

 

Success stories

When I got deported Women Against Rape didn’t drop me, they stayed in touch with me, calling me in Uganda asking how are you, what is happening to you. When I got back to the UK we had to start from scratch and fight for me to be able to claim asylum.

Sometimes during that time I was so upset and so depressed I couldn’t face anything. I would call the Centre and they would tell me you have to be strong, we are here for you and they would help me work out what I had to do next. When my children come I want to stand them in the middle of this Centre to tell them that it is because of these people you are here. This is the truth from the bottom of my heart.

Landmark compensation for torture victim and her family

Ex drug user wins compensation for rape -
 

I came across the WAR website by chance after failing to obtain justice through the Courts and compensation. I found myself fighting for a criminal injuries award I knew would help me rebuild my shattered life. The psychological effects of my unresolved rape case were devastating and spread outwards affecting every aspect of my life. I became reclusive, unable to trust anyone, let alone have relationships. I suffered at work without realising the real cause.

After reading various testimonies on WAR's site, I realised this organisation specialised in obtaining justice for rape victims. I contacted them and knew that I had found help to fight my case because I became filled with trust for the organisation after the first 'phone call. I was also allocated a delightful lady for support, who had suffered as I had and who also used WAR to help fight her case. She won compensation and she helped me win as well. I could not have achieved this on my own as I was given first class guidance and advice and first class support from my allocated lady. She even accompanied me to the appeal hearing. Their combined strength; their belief in me and my case, took me to successfully appeal against a decision made 6 years before.

I donated 10% of my award to them. WAR believed in me and I believed in them. WAR helped me back on my feet and helped in my healing as well.  Many thanks to all involved in WAR. Godbless you all for fighting for justice in an unjust world.

 

Anon1.jpg"I have been granted leave to remain in the UK.  I can not express my appreciation to Women Against Rape who played a vital role to make this day come true.

They called me almost every week while I was in Yarl's Wood IRC and gave me moral support and encouraged me to be strong. I remember how we spoke on the phone while I was being driven to the airport to be deported to my country. They said, a barrister had been sent to court to stop my removal. I was nonplussed to know that people were out there fighting for me. They struggled to get me one of the best existing solicitors. Victory became mine since she started to represent me. WAR also wrote a letter concerning the rape I suffered and why some women can not report rape early.
I owe my victory today to Women Against Rape. The self-help guide* they sent to the detention centre in Bedford was a vital tool to channel me to this stage. Once more , I say thank you all.

* For Asylum Seekers and their Supporters: A Self-Help Guide against detention & deportation by Legal Action for Women, 2005

Landmark damages for rape survivor detained unlawfully including interview with BBC Radio 4
£38,000 for asylum seeker illegally detained in UK the Guardian 10 March 2008 

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When I won compensation for the rape I suffered I felt 10 tons lighter. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help. I can’t bear witnessing the injustice out there without at least trying to make a difference.

In July 2009, Ms B from Côte d'Ivoire was granted Indefinite Leave to remain after a six year battle for herself and herAnon2.jpg young daughter to get safety and protection. On hearing the news she said: “Being in the group is like having a family. I look forward to coming to the self help sessions, where I have made friends who also call me at home and support me when l’m low and close to giving up. I have gained confidence and self esteem. I know I will always have a life line and want to be one for
other women struggling like me – it means a lot to me to feel safe and able to start my life again.” Ms B had escaped death threats from government agents in Cote D’Ivoire who were looking for her husband. He had fled to Britain. She joined him in 2003 only to be violently abused. He beat and raped her while she was pregnant. She reported him to the police in 2005, and made an independent asylum claim but was forced to live with him as when it was refused. When she became depressed and suicidal Social Services threatened to take her son into care. BWRAP intervened working with a volunteer lawyer.
 

After my rapist was acquitted, I became reclusive, unable to trust anyone, let alone have relationships. I contacted WAR and I became filled with trust after the first 'phone call. I was allocated a delightful lady for support, who had suffered as I had. She won compensation and she helped me win as well. I could not have achieved this on my own as I was given first class guidance and advice and first class support. She even accompanied me to the appeal hearing. Their combined strength; their belief in me and my case, helped me win £11,000, overturning a decision made 6 years before. WAR helped me back on my feet and helped in my healing as well. Many thanks and Godbless you all for fighting for justice in an unjust world.

StellaLisa921fweb.jpgI’m a rape survivor from Rwanda. My family fled because of the genocide. In fear for my life I paid a man to bring me to the UK to seek asylum. I was raped by him. WAR helped me document everything and found me a good lawyer. Now I co-ordinate a volunteer session and help women like me

Rwanda rape victim in brave fight to help others (Ham & High) 

Anon4132.JPGThank you for all your support you have given me during my court case. Out of the 10 places I rang in London, you were the most helpful. I am very grateful for the letter you wrote for me to use in court for my defence. Thank you for keeping in touch via telephone and email during a difficult time for me.

WARTrialHannaD26.JPGI had tried so many times to take my life. I had been labelled with severe borderline personality disorder. The companionship I got at WAR was key to my recovery. The work carried out is incredible.

SAnaon.jpgMs K, a vulnerable older woman with multiple health needs, won her right to remain under the Legacy program at the beginning of September 2009 after a ten years battle to stay in Britain. When her solicitor broke the news Ms K said, “If I hadn’t found BWRAP and the All African Women’s Group – I would have taken my life . . . I was so depressed but meeting other women like me and hearing what they have been through gave me courage. If you are fighting for asylum never give up.” In 1999 she was arrested in Uganda for her political activities, and held in a prison where she suffered sexual and other physical violence. She escaped in March 1999 and sought asylum in Britain. We have been helping Ms K since September 2003. She has been attending self-help sessions for over six years and volunteering when her heath permits.