WAR is independent of the police, the CPS and Home Office. Its services are based on self help, and it provides support and legal rights information to those trying to get justice, protection, asylum and compensation.  Its campaigns are shaped by casework.  It has helped set precedents in law such as the first private prosecution for rape in England and Wales.  This work has helped to change the attitudes of individuals and institutions.  When acting in individual cases, WAR takes account of the implications for other cases.  It aims to make each individual advance useful to others who are seeking justice.

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Below are examples of some of our cases and legal victories. 

Evidence to the Home Office Consultation on Police strip search ofchildren from Women Against Rape and Women of Colour GWS

12 June 2024

Evidence to the Home Office Consultation on Police strip search of children from Women Against Rape and Women of Colour GWS We call for an end to police strip searching of all children under the age of 18, in police custody or schools or anywhere else – it’s state child abuse. 1. Police should not …

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In the media: Guardian article quotes Women Against Rape

28 November 2023

Ron Evans will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday. Killer known as ‘Clifton rapist’, 82, sexually assaulted woman after release. Ron Evans, who spent more than 50 years in prison, assaulted woman he befriended at drop-in centre after he was freed in 2018 A killer and rapist who spent more than half a century …

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In the media: Letter to the Canary – Against Scotland’s proposed rule to exclude juries from rape trials

1 July 2023

Scotland removing juries from rape trials? I strongly disagree with the proposal to take away juries from rape trials in Scotland because of my own experiences. In 2005, my 15-year-old daughter was raped and it went to trial in 2006. The police investigation was incompetent and they lost vital evidence. For example, it came to light during …

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In the media: compensation denied for criminal convictions

20 June 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Sex abuse victim denied compo after bringing Rottweiler to collect overdue pay cheque The compensation has been denied because the victims had an unspent conviction on their record, and campaigners say that this discriminates against people who have committed a minor crime This is an interview with Kim Mitchell who has been working with WAR …

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In the media: ‘I was terrified’ – Ugandan woman wins asylum thanks to women’s centre’

27 November 2021

Sally Patterson, 23 November 2021 https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/kentish-town-crossroad-women-supports-ugandan-asylum-seeker-8498126 ‘I was terrified’: Ugandan woman wins asylum thanks to women’s centre’ A Ugandan woman won her asylum claim thanks to The All African Women’s Group, based at Kentish Town’s Crossroad Women – Credit: Women Against Rape A lesbian woman from Uganda has won her asylum claim to remain in …

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Press Release: Women win asylum & family reunion

12 October 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Women win asylum & family reunion Three women from the All African Women’s Group (AAWG), a self-help group of asylum seekers and refugees based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Camden/London, have won significant victories in the last couple of months. Two women won the right to stay in the UK and one, …

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In the media: ‘After I was sexually assaulted, the police let me down every step of the way’

18 June 2021

Telegraph reports the story of Nadia Valeri. Cara McGoogan writes how, ‘In September 2020, the Met settled a civil claim with Valeri out of court and paid her £35,000 in compensation. The Met didn’t admit liability and rejected requests for a letter of apology, but it did say it would learn from Valeri’s case and …

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Press Release: Destitute mother and children win housing at last!

23 February 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Destitute mother and children win housing at last! A mother with two children, who was evicted by Lewisham Council five weeks ago, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic and in freezing weather, has won a fight to claim asylum and be granted housing and assistance. Marian Okeibunor is a survivor of …

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Action alert: Ms K fighting for compensation refused due to her conviction

27 November 2020

Ms K fighting for compensation refused due to her criminal conviction Ms K was raped repeatedly by two adult men when she was 13. As an adult she finally found the courage to report it, identifying the men. The investigation is ongoing. One of the men is in prison for sexual offences against other children. …

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In the media: DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide

20 July 2020

DWP ignored coroner’s call to take action to save claimants from suicide By John Pring for Disability News Service Documents released this week under the Freedom of Information Act show that DWP dismissed both the coroner’s plea to take action, and the findings of an inquest jury which had concluded that a jobcentre’s failings had …

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NEWS FLASH: Victory after living for 17 years in limbo!

3 March 2020

NEWS FLASH: Victory after living for 17 years in limbo! Ms O from Cote D’Ivoire – announces today 3 March 2020 that she has finally won refugee status. Speaking at today’s self-help session (which BWRAP helps coordinate) Ms O described how the immigration judge at her appeal hearing intervened to stop the Home Office barrister …

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In the media: Landmark rape case brought by Kentish Town campaigners is turned into a play

6 November 2019

Landmark rape case brought by Kentish Town campaigners is turned into a play Bridget Galton Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape and Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes outside Crossroads Women’s Centrein Kentish Town where they are based – Credit: Archant In 1995 Women Against Rape and the English Collective of Prostitutes joined …

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Government announces Same Roof victims can re-apply for compensation

13 June 2019

Government announces Same Roof victims can re-apply for compensation Congratulations everyone who campaigned for this change – what a wonderful if very belated victory for grassroots claimants/campaigners! It seems that the government has decided not to make people wait for the end of their Review of the Compensation Scheme after all. That’s good as the …

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In the media: ‘Kicked while I’m already down’, the child sexual assault victim denied compensation over a petty crime

30 July 2018

Kim Mitchell went to police threee times before they believed her Ms K was raped repeatedly by two adult men when she was 13. As an adult she finally found the courage to report it, identifying the men. The investigation is ongoing. One of the men is in prison for sexual offences against other children. …

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In the media: High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress

1 August 2016

Woman known as Sarah has compensation increased after she made allegation against husband before changing her mind, under pressure from him. Lisa Longstaff from Women Against Rape (War), which made written submissions to the judge, said: “Sarah finally got some justice! CICA rules are applied in a sexist and uncompassionate way, and War is one …

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