A 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas named Jada has had her alleged rape photographed, posted on social media, and then mocked across the Internet with the tasteless hashtag #jadapose.
Jada — who has given KHOU 11 News in Texas permission to identify her first name and broadcast her face — attended a party last month at the home of a friend-of-a-friend. Jada said the teen boy hosting the party gave her a glass of punch, which she drank before passing out. She believes she was drugged.
Until she started receiving texts asking her if she was OK and seeing tweets, photos and Vines of her alleged rape posted online, Jada told KHOU that she had no idea what happened to her while she was passed out. And those images, might I remind you, could perhaps get the people sharing them busted for distributing child pornography. (KHOU blurs out the images in their broadcast posted above.) ”I had no control to say ‘no,’” Jada told the news station about what happened to her. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”
But the sharing of the images is even more fucked up because Jada’s alleged assault has now become a theater of mockery. The hashtag #jadapose is attached to an Instagram pic and a Vine of some boys lying on the ground with one knee bent, supposedly the way Jada was lying on the ground. Now people are flooding the hashtag #jadapose with messages of support including the newer hashtags #justiceforjada and #jadacounterpose.
To be clear, I’m sensitive to the issues surrounding the jury-in-the-public-eye/over social media nature of high-profile sexual assault accusations. Houston police are currently conducting their investigation — The Root mentions her alleged rapist has been arrested and is mocking the situation on social media — and I would like to put my faith in the alleged perpetrator(s) being caught and handled properly through the justice system. But I’m still super-fucking impressed by Jada’s attitude towards what happened to her. I hope that bravery comes from what she and other young women her age have seen with the mostly supportive public response to Steubenville and Daisy Coleman’s sexual assault in Missouri.
“There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told KHOU, explaining why she chose to come forward. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body. But that’s not who I am and what I am. … I”m just angry.”
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