Rape victims are are usually kept strictly anonymous, but a 16-year-old Houston teenager is bravely speaking out after her rape went viral on the Internet. “I had no control. I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me,” she told her local news channel. “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.”
Last month, Jada was drugged and raped at a friend’s house party and had no clue what had happened to her until pictures and videos of her horrible experience appeared on social networking sites. The sad thing is that all she remembers is being given some punch by the party’s host, who was a friend of a friend.
Houston police are now investigating Jada’s claims.
To date it is not clear who originally tweeted the photos of Jada since photos, grouped together under the #JadaPose hashtag, have been removed and some Twitter handles of people close to the incident have been deactivated.
The circumstances of Jada’s position are horrific and no teenager should have to endure the double violation of a rape and social media attacks by her violators. When Jada came forward she took some of the power away from her attackers.
Jada bravely spoke to a local Houston TV station about her experience which can be viewed here: