Photos and videos of the Houston, Texas teen laying naked and unconscious appeared online and now she says she was forced to live through her rape twice — once in the real world at a house party, and again in the virtual world as images of the attack went viral online.
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Social media hit a new low when the #JadaPose hashtag emerged, where people were actually duplicating the lifeless pose in photographs.
Jada, who has identified herself only by her first name, went to the media to tell her story after the photo was widely circulated among her peers, sparking the #iAmJada movement.
Details + video of #IamJada speaking out below…
Jada, a 16-year-old from Houston, says she was mortified after images of her, naked and unconscious, were shared on social media. But she refuses to stay silent about the alleged sexual assault — because she’s much more than just a rape victim.
“There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told.. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Jada says the attack happened at a friend’s home last month. The high school junior was invited over for a party.
“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”
Jada claims the teenage boys who were hosting the party gave her punch to drink. She believes it was spiked with a drug. The young girl claims she passed out at the party and had no idea about what happened until her classmates started sharing tweets, photos and videos on social media.
“Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me, ‘are you OK?'”
The young woman says she believes she was raped that night. Houston police are investigating the allegations.
“I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”
VIDEO: Jada Speaks Up About Alleged Rape Going Viral
The 16-year-old high school junior’s mom gave her consent for Jada to go public with her identity.
“No one’s daughter deserved this,” the mother said. “No human being deserved this.”
VIDEO: Interview With Jada’s Mom
According to The Root, supporters of the alleged rapist are chiming in online, addiding fuel to the already damning claims of rape.
Tweeting under the hashtag #jadapose, some teens are lying down on the floor with bent legs, in a cruel imitation of Jada’s prostrate body.
Jada hopes that going public with her story will help bring her rapist and others to justice.
Welcome to the digital world *sigh* We’ve been totally desensitized to things that would normally disgust us. I can’t believe that there are people out there mimicking a rape pose!
It’s official. We’ve hit a new social media low.