Yesterday, the #Jadapose hashtags was one of the most disturbing things on the internet. Now, thanks to some well-meaning people, the hashtag has been hijacked and turned into a message of support for a 16-year-old girl who was recently raped in Houston.
Photos of Jada went viral this week for the worst reason imaginable. After she was allegedly raped, the attackers took photos of her naked body and shared them on the internet. Jada says that she doesn’t remember the night (she was reportedly given a roofie) and only found out about the rape when she saw her nude photos online.
To make matters worse, some people are actually mocking the girl by striking their own #JadaPose on Twitter.
It’s horrible. The only reason I can actually stomach writing about this story is that a large number of people have redeemed Twitter (and humanity) by flooding the social network with supportive messages.
I admire Jada for speaking out. She is an incredibly brave young woman. May the rapists come to Justice. #Jadapose pic.twitter.com/RnJkZtyLKy
— Schmo Pula (@mopula1) July 10, 2014
Trying my hand at a #jadapose… do I look as fierce and strong as her yet? What a badass. pic.twitter.com/yHhZOw0Uey — Rookie (@rookiewompus) July 10, 2014
The real #jadapose ! Stay strong girl! pic.twitter.com/9AQ6QbHyCr
— Miss Darling (@fzybrassknuckls) July 10, 2014
Create counter stories to #jadapose that challenge #rapeculture. https://t.co/Npaa5Mpb62 #jadacounterpose pic.twitter.com/hGnQRiPm4h — taasa (@taasa) July 9, 2014
Rape victims often refuse to share their stories for one reason or another. They may be ashamed or embarrassed. They may fear for their safety or maybe they just don’t think anyone will believe them. But not Jada. She went straight to the press, showed her face, and told her story.
Jada said: “There’s no point in hiding. Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Mocking a victim is not okay #jadapose pic.twitter.com/k5nvA278IQ
— Alexis Nichols (@lexinich) July 10, 2014