Le Guin has no fear of speaking about sexual violence – it is not an important subject in her work, but it exists in a very natural way, she doesn’t exclude the subject, knowing it can be part of human existence. One of her short stories is about a society where a horribly mistreated child is the core of its happiness and its good functioning.
It is being showed – naked in a cellar room, suffering, horribly lonesome – to every person on the edge of adulthood. Le Guin doesn’t tell explicitly why this is done and how it works that the Scapegoat makes everyone conscious of the luck and good life he or she has in comparison.
There are persons though, who leave the country sooner or later because of the existence of this child (once one dies, another one is incarcerated). They can’t accept the fact that a society builds on such a horrid base. One of her stories is about one of the persons who left.