Domestic and sexual violence affect people of all identities. It is true that folks of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, abilities, languages, education levels, economic statuses, sexual orientations, political statuses, religions and DNA types experience intimate partner violence and sexual assault. However, some identities experience this violence more than others due to the inherent power dynamics with this violence. If a person is already seen as less powerful in some way (maybe physically or socially), the abuser will more readily take advantage.
Oppression is the act of using power and/or privilege at the expense of disempowering, marginalizing, silencing, and subordinating another group. Oppression is closely associated with social systems where identity is built by the antagonism of “the other.”