A Houston-area teen was raped at a party after being given a spiked drink. The horrible story doesn’t end there; her rape was recorded, went viral on social media and inspired a mocking hashtag #Jadapose. Some garbage humans on the internet thought it would be hilarious to mock the image of her, passed out, after being attacked. Even her alleged rapist got in on it.
16-year-old Jada has decided to show her face, stand up for herself, and hopefully see some justice. She had no idea what had happened to her until the disturbing tweets and videos hit social media. Her bravery in standing up against her attackers, and the disgusting show of online harassment has inspired people of Twitter to reclaim the hashtag, and make it about supporting this amazing young woman.
“There’s no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
“I’m just angry,” said Jada.
I don’t believe that rape victims should ever feel pressure to identify themselves – but I respect that she felt compelled to do so. I won’t even bother to show you examples of the horrible humans of the world by screen-capping their Tweets – but I will show you how the hashtag has awesomely turned into a huge outpouring of support, even inspiring positive memes in Jada’s image and giving birth to more hashtags, #JusticeForJada and #StandWithJada. It’s a reminder that while social media can be used to harass and demean, it can also be used to rise up against injustice and support victims.
The outpouring of support can do nothing to alleviate the pain of the horrible things she’s been through – but it’s a reminder that there is a lot of good in the world and that people like the horrible monsters that have participated in creating a hashtag and internet meme about a rape victim are not as powerful as the rest of us. Show your support for Jada.