The convicted rapist feels unlucky – rarely guilty.

18 November 1997

Should parliament prevent a victim’s sexual history being raised in court? An article in the Times argues the case for a change in priorities at every stage of the criminal justice process regarding the rape and sexual assault of women.

In the media: Bias in the legal process

14 November 1997

Juries are not to blame… As reported in the New Law Journal, there appears to be a bias refusal within the criminal justice system to arrest, investigate and convict men who are violent against women.

Discrimination in law faced by survivors with disabilities

15 October 1997

In the media: Claire Glasman on the multiple discriminations many rape survivors face

20 September 1997

Article in Telepathy newsletter – outlining the support provided by WAR for survivors of rape. And examples of some of the legal cases we have worked on with women…

10 September 1997

A wife has made legal history by successfully suing her husband for damages after he raped her. Husbands have been successfully criminally prosecuted for raping their wives, but lawyers believe that is the first time that a civil action for rape has been won.

In the media: “Law and order” does not always lead to justice.

1 August 1997

Policy often divert attention from the real obstacles of justice which victims face. Such policies provide a smokescreen for the sexism, racism, class and other forms of discrimination. Read the article in New Law Journal in full below.

Letter: We write to Helen Grindrod QC regarding consent in rape trials

13 June 1997

We argue against new legislation regarding concsent cases. Our letter below outlines the intolerable ordeal rape survivors now face in trying to establish in court that they did not consent to sex.

Defining consent

6 June 1997

Our opposition to the Law Commissions proposals on consent in rape law outlined in the New Law Journal, June 1997.

Stop the Crime Bill

27 January 1997

Crime (Sentences) Bill 1997 – the implications for women. A Crime Bill is part of a law and order agenda which invokes victims rights and undermines civil rights. Alongside Legal Action for Women, we submitted a briefing to the House of Lords opposing to the Bill and highlighting the implications for female victims of rape.

Briefing: Crime (Sentences) Bill 1997 on its implications for Women

27 January 1997

Briefing by Women Against Rape and Legal Action for Women in the House of Lords. We argue that the Crime Bill is part of a law and order agenda which invoices victims’ rights and undermines civil rights.

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.