Women Against Rape (WAR) is a grassroots multi-racial women’s group founded in 1976 and based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in London.
We provide rights information, support and advocacy. We take up individual cases on the basis of collective self-help. We campaign for justice, protection and compensation for all women and girls who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence. This includes survivors of any age, race and nationality, asylum seekers, women with disabilities, trans women, sex workers.
We have won changes in the law such as making rape in marriage a crime. We have set legal precedents such as the first private prosecution for rape, after the authorities refused to bring a rapist of two sex workers to court.
We know this is a very difficult time for many people. We are responding to calls and emails, although it may take us a bit longer than usual. If you are suffering domestic violence or rape please call the police if it’s an emergency on 999.
You can call the 24-hour Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247 for help with urgent accommodation and other issues.
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Published letter, The fight for justice goes on, Camden New Journal
Published letter, The fight for justice goes on, Camden New Journal Letters Editor Camden New Journal: Thank you for raising the question “Can the Met be trusted with their new powers?” From our experience as organisations campaigning for protection and justice, the answer is a resounding No. But we must ask, why is an institution found …
Lisa Longstaff from WAR on BBC Radio
Press: Letter in Camden New Journal “Reasons why policing must change”
Press: Chilling Met report has no surprises for campaigners
Cristel Amiss interview with The No Walls Podcast
Crissie Amiss on “The No Walls” Podcast In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, the No Walls Podcast asked Cristel Amiss – joint coordinator of Women Against Rape – to speak with them. Cristel has had a remarkable three decade career, where she has constantly and fearlessly advocated for marginalised women and survivors of gender …
Press: London Police officer sentenced to Life for Rape and Sexual Abuse.
Press: David Carrick had pleaded guilty to 49 crimes against 12 women in the latest case to cast a harsh spotlight on the Metropolitan Police. Activists gathering for a protest outside Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday during the sentencing trial of David Carrick, a former police officer.Credit…Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images New …
Press: Scrap plans to give cops more power, say women as David Carrick is jailed for life.
Scrap plans to give cops more power, say women as David Carrick jailed for life. By Anita Mureithi for Open Democracy. 7 February 2023. A Met officer has been locked up for dozens of rapes. Yet Suella Braverman’s priority is clamping down on protesters. Protesters gather outside Southwark Crown Court for the sentencing of serial …
Event: Protest outside the sentencing hearing of serial police rapist David Carrick
Event: Protest outside the sentencing hearing of serial police rapist David Carrick Stop police impunity. Stop arming police rapists, racists & murderers. Stop increasing the power of corrupt police forces over the public – NO Public Order Bill! When: 9am Monday 6 February 2023, Where: Join us outside Southwark Crown Court, 1 English Grounds, London SE1 …
Statement: Only police committed to upholding higher standards can protect the public, starting with women.
Open letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley from Women Against Rape, 6 Feb 2023Police impunity must end. Only police committed to upholding higher standards can protect the public, starting with women. On 6-7 February 2023, former police officer David Carrick is being sentenced, bringing to an end his long career as a serial rapist …
Event report: Europe-wide action called by Refugees in Libya.
Event: Europe wide action called by Refugees in Libya On Tuesday 10th January a lively group of people gathered outside the London offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as part of a Europe-wide action called by Refugees in Libya. Protestors gathered simultaneously outside UNHCR Berlin, Brussels, Rome and Tripoli to commemorate …
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