Home office accepts rape ordeal as grounds for asylum

14 June 1996

A Kurdish women raped by Turkish police has been given UK asylum. As reported in the Hampstead and Highgate Express in June 1996, the overturning of the Home Office’s original ruling was an important moment in legal history.

Prostitute wins compensation

19 March 1996

In the media: The Guilty Victim, Rape and the CPS

26 October 1995

Two prostitute women set legal precedent by bringing and winning prosecution for rape. As reported in the Socialist Lawyer in 1995, after the CPS originally dropped the case, Christopher Davies was finally found guilty of raping and assaulting the two women.

Rapist jailed in private prosecution

20 September 1995

In the media: Who counts and who pays?

16 June 1995

Government attempts to cut compensation to victims of violence. As reported in the New Law Journal, the new system of fixed tariffs for specific injuries cuts victims’ money by £250million a year.

In the media: Private case brings rapist to justice

18 May 1995

Prostitutes succeed with prosecution after CPS refuses to pursue attacker for lack of evidence. As reported in the Guardian, two sex workers made legal history with the first private prosecution for rape in an English court. Read the full article here below.

5 May 1995

Protest groups present dossier of alleged attacks that have never gone to court. 

Press release: In defending Sammy Davis, women defend themselves against rape

2 December 1994

This victory makes legal history. However, it is now urgent that the Home Secretary allows Mr Davis to return back to the UK.

Cracker programme (TV) – protest racism

25 November 1994

A Danger to Women. Granada television’s episodes of Cracker promotes the classic racist stereotype of Black rapist and white victim.

In the media: TV rape slur angers black viewers

24 November 1994

As reported in The Weekly Journal, drama production Cracker is under attack from a Black Women’s group for its portrayal of Black men as rapists. Women Against Rape demand that the remaining two programmes are withdrawn and not televised.

Child Support Act: Robbery with Violence

6 October 1994

The facts regarding the Child Support Act. Defending our rights: This act makes women more vulnerable to rape and other violence in relationships and undermines single mothers’ right to Income Support.

Response to Law Commission Consultation: Consent in the Criminal Law

5 July 1994

Consent in criminal law regarding rape prosecution.  How the proposals laid out in the paper, will further undermine women.

Letter to Granada Television: speaking out against racial stereotyping

2 June 1994

We raise concerns about the proposed TV episode of Cracker. We object to the information we gave Granada TV, based on women’s experiences and struggle, being misused to give credibility to a dangerous stereotype.

Press release: Government denies women the power to refuse domestic violence

6 April 1994

We speak out against the Governement’s Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign   This campaign, in fact, offers little or nothing in the way of services, protection, policing or resources for women in violent relationships.

Claiming compensation for rape and sexual assault

5 July 1993

Help and advise on how to claim compensation and how to appeal the court decisions