RESEARCH: Misjudging Rape - Breaching Gender Guidelines & International Law in Asylum Appeals
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Black Women's Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape's research documents the discrimination and hostility women seeking asylum from rape face. Over 70% of the women claiming asylum in the UK are rape survivors. Many face severe obstacles at every stage of the asylum process in getting acknowledgment of the rape they have suffered. We found that few judges had any understanding of the impact of rape and the resulting trauma, most paid no attention to the IAT Gender Guidelines which address such issues and some displayed entrenched sexism, hostility and other prejudices.