The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Blaming Illegal Immigrants for the Sexual Violence of a Society That Oppresses Women

Jul 18, 2022

Gerson Fuentes, a 27-year-old from Guatemala, confessed to raping the 10-year-old girl twice. Trump referred to illegal immigrants as monsters and rapists. Obviously, that is not true. This is more the exception than the rule. The majority of men who rape in the U.S. are white—57%, according to RAINN. Furthermore, 8 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. Not the “stranger danger” rapes women have been made to fear.

Rape is pervasive here. One out of five women experience sexual violence during their lifetime. This not a rare encounter with someone on the fringes of society. It’s boyfriends, coaches, pastors, fathers. And it is completely related to keeping women in a particular role and subservient to men. Rape is part and parcel of a society that oppresses women, like this one does.