A brief history of our campaigns

 

  • Rape Trial, Trafalgar Square 1977.
  • Publication of Ask Any Woman - a London Inquiry into Rape and Sexual Assault (1985). Pathbreaking figures.
  • 15-year campaign got rape in marriage recognised as a crime (1991). Publication of The Rapist Who Pays the Rent (1984) makes our case for changing the law. 
  • Helped bring to court the first successful private prosecution for rape in England & Wales (1995).  Later made into a play (2019).
  • Established case law against using delay in reporting to disbelieve & deny asylum to rape survivors (1998). And to apply the protection afforded by ‘vulnerable witness guidance’ in immigration and compensation hearings (2015).
  • Got prosecutions of rape which had been prematurely closed, reopened (2010 onwards) resulting in convictions.
  • Won thousands of pounds compensation for victims refused by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. 
  • Helped rape survivors win civil actions against the police following negligent investigations. 
  • Called out the unusual zeal with which Julian Assange was pursued, and the witch-hunt after Wikileaks exposed State rape, torture and murder. (from 2010)
  • Helped a woman win £85,000 compensation for abuse of her disabled brother by a paedophile ring at a notorious children’s home. (2019)
  • For over a decade defended women wrongly arrested or prosecuted for making false allegations of rape.
  • Helped immigrant women report rape for the first time as grounds for asylum, overturning Home Office disbelief and winning refugee and human rights cases. Campaigned with the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union against sexual harassment of low-paid workers in the food and hospitality industries. (2019)