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Sammy Woodhouse: Rotherham ‘rapist offered role in child’s life’

29 November 2018

A victim of child sexual exploitation has called for a change in the law amid claims a man who raped her was offered a role in her son’s life. It is understood Arshid Hussain, who was jailed for 35 years in 2016, was contacted by Rotherham Council about care proceedings heard last year. His victim … Read more

Rape convictions: juries are not to blame, biased investigations and prosecutions are

29 November 2018

Rape convictions: juries are not to blame, biased investigations and prosecutions are MP Anne Coffey got a lot of publicity last week when she said in Parliament that juries in rape trials should be abolished, arguing that this is the solution to the low conviction rate. Juries are not to blame for the falling conviction … Read more

Women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood – “Release us and close this place down.”

28 November 2018

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE Over 40 women in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre have gone on hunger strike protesting against a charter flight (Tues 27 Nov) that will take traumatised women back to Nigeria.  Women from many different countries including, Bolivia, China, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia, have come together … Read more

Evidence to UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, 2018

1 November 2018

We joined other groups in submitting evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ahead of his visit to the UK in November 2018. This has now been published by the UN alongside other submissions: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/UKVisitSubmissions.aspx – See submissions from Legal Action for Women and Single Mothers Self Defence & by … Read more

22 October 2018

RESPONSE to the Home Affairs Committee Report on DOMESTIC ABUSE Press release Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape  We welcome the Committee’s recognition of many of the issues raised in the evidence we and other women’s groups submitted. But they should have gone much further, especially in the following areas: We welcome … Read more

Support the Strikers this Thurs 4 Oct

2 October 2018

This Thursday, 4 October, workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons are striking against low wages and slave working conditions: https://www.facebook.com/events/357347934806498/ In the US, the Fight for $15 campaign is taking strike action across the country in the hospitality industry. https://fightfor15.org/ BWRAP and WAR are joining actions wherever we are. Low wages, zero hour contracts and lack … Read more

Our comment on Government’s planned review of CICA rules

10 September 2018

Our comment on Government’s planned review of CICA rules   The announcement 9-10 September (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45462128) from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) that there will be a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme as it applies to people who were sexually abused when they were children, is an important victory and augers well for … Read more

Do No Harm – Seminar 11 Sept 6-8pm

10 September 2018

For a video of the event, photos and written speeches see: supportnotseparation.blog Join us tomorrow for this important seminar 6-8pm at the House of Commoms committee room 14 which will gather evidence of the harm caused by separating mothers from their children and forced adoption. WAR is on the speakers panel.

10 September 2018

Written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee enquiry into modern slavery Since 2002 BWRAP and WAR have been providing specialist services to victims seeking asylum in the UK. Research, including our own, has found that over 70% of women seeking asylum have fled rape elsewhere.  We document what happened to them and the aftermath … Read more

The Law & Politics of Marital Rape in England 1945-1994, Adrian Williamson (2016) Women’s History Review

26 July 2018

This article, by a Cambridge University law tutor called Adrian Williamson, documents the history of how the law was changed to recognise rape in marriage as a crime following Women Against Rape’s 15-year campaign. Here is the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2015.1133536