They are able to rape, beast, assault, kill, and harm them in a whole host of ways.
Oppress used as a verb, first definition:
- keep (someone) in subservience and hardship, especially by the unjust exercise of authority:
Mother, boss, babysitter, sister, all can and are positions of authority.
Now I will agree most positions of institutionalized authority are held by men. But social positions are more fluid and can equate to oppression.