Merriam-Webster defines oppression as unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power. Oppression exists as an interaction between two groups of people, the oppressors and the oppressed. This interaction often takes place between powerful systems and its participants in the form of dehumanization. Oppression is a cycle of violence that effects both the oppressor and the oppressed, and until the oppressed are able to join forces and liberate themselves from the cycle, oppression will continue. Only the oppressed can end the cycle of oppression, not the oppressors.