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

D.C. Police Give Thumbs-up to Violence against Women

Sep 19, 2011

Five women were recently assaulted on the street in Washington, D.C. Two men aggressively came on to two of the women as they walked to the Columbia Heights Metro Station at night. When a third women let the men know none of the women were interested and to leave them alone, saying “She is my girlfriend,” the man went ballistic. Yelling “you fucking dyke bitches, I will kick that bitch’s ass,” he attacked the woman. When the other women came to her defense, at least one other man jumped in to attack them. Police were called by a bystander. They grabbed one of the men. But they refused to take a report from the women or even listen to their story.

No wonder the man taunted and laughed at the women he had just assaulted–he had just been given a get-out-of-jail free card. When the women loudly protested, the police threatened to arrest them for disorderly conduct.

So why the disinterest on the part of the cops? Was it their prejudice against lesbians, or just against women who don’t obey the social role women are expected to play? Whatever the reason, the police, by their inaction condoned the violence used against these five women.