Social media is a blessing and a curse – depending upon who you’re asking. When users of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social sites want to back a cause or bring about awareness to a particular topic, hundreds of thousands of people tweet, retweet and vocalize their stance becoming a united font of sorts with friends and strangers alike who too support the cause. Likewise, when users want to parody a terrible performance or make fun of a particular celeb, they ban together, creating memes and making up jokes about the subject. For one Houston 16 year old, the latter became a shocking reality when an image and hashtag of teenage rape victim went viral.
Jada, as she only wants to be known, allegedly attended a party she thought was going to be a normal get together. The teen accepted a drink when she entered the party, one she now believes contained some sort of drug, which caused her to pass out. The teen says she awoke later on that evening, not realizing she had passed out. And by the time she regained consciousness, an image of her body (naked from the waist down) had made its way to the Internet. Jada says she only found out she was raped when she saw the pictures.
And as more and more social media users saw Jada’s image, the jokes, memes and reenactments began pouring in. People posted pictures of their bodies posed just as Jada’s, mocking the teen, and making fun of her unfortunate situation.
In an interview with Houston’s KHOU news station Jada spoke out on her viral image and hashtag saying, “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Her mother also spoke with the station saying, “No one’s daughter deserved this. No human being deserved this.”
Jada says she wants her attackers arrested and no longer wants to attend public school, saying she’d rather be home-schooled beginning this fall.
Community leaders are speaking out on behalf of the teenager calling for police to take action against her alleged attackers. And in a win for social media, thousands posted messages of support for the young girl, many saying they had her back and calling for justice to be served for those who wronged her and mocked her.
Houston authorities say they are investigating Jada’s claims.
Mamas, what would you do if this was your daughter?