Rape pictures that hit the Internet following a raucous Houston party have forced an alleged victim to live through her experience twice, KHOU.com reports. The 16-year-old Texas teen is showing her face and giving a name — Jada — one that several supporters of the attackers have mocked and turned in to the humiliating #Jadapose hashtag. Why would she do this? From the KHOU.com report:
There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told KHOU. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Jada claims that she “was mortified” after the rape pictures turned up online, showing her naked and unconscious. Rather than close herself off from the world, though, she’s coming forward because she wants to be more than “just a rape victim.” According to the report, Jada was attacked at a friend’s home in June. The high school junior was invited over for a party, and it was there, she claims, that “teenage boys who were hosting the party gave her punch to drink.” Jada feels that the punch was spiked with an unknown drug because it led her to pass out at the party. She reportedly “had no idea” what happened until the tweets, photos, and videos hit social media. Here’s one via Mic.com. The perpetrators’ identities have been blocked because they are minors. “Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me, ‘Are you OK?'” While Houston police are still investigating the allegations, Jada believes wholeheartedly that she was raped that evening. “I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.” Luckily, the news isn’t all bad. Despite a few reprobates making light of the attack on social media, an overwhelming launch of support has been started to offset the cruelty. Hashtags #IStandWithJada and #JadaCounterpose were both trending on Friday night to strike back at these thugs, and if you do a search for #Jadapose now, you’ll get mostly supportive tweets in the results.
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[Image via KHOU.com, linked above]