In a sign that one 16 year old Houston, Texas is not going to let her detractors get the better of her, Jada the cyberbullied rape victim at the center of last week’s twitter meltdown, has decided to meet fire with fire with as she has now taken to social media under the guise #IamJada.
The response comes after twitter users took to widely debasing the young woman under the cryptic social media hash tag, #jadapose which saw users replicating her via mocked splayed-out positions in photos, which went viral on Vine and Twitter.
Since then, more disturbing details have emerged about Jada’s case: In an interview on Ronan Farrow Daily, Jada revealed that the boy who posted photos of her assault on Twitter did it to gain ‘more followers.‘ And in another interview, her pastor, Quanell X, who has been acting as a de facto spokesperson for Jada’s family, hinted that Jada was not the only girl to be assaulted that night. (The Houston Police has said there have been no arrests at this time, but they are ‘actively investigating’ the case).
While many attacked the girl and sought to humiliate her after a video posting of her rape went viral, many others took to the web to express outrage toward Jada’s attackers and the boy who posted the photos on Twitter, as well as support for Jada herself, tweeting the hashtag #justiceforjada.
As for Jada, she’s maintained courage and dignity in the face of incredible adversity. Rather than shrink away from the spotlight, she’s been doing the media rounds, sharing her story with the world, and encouraging other sexual assault and cyberbullying victims to take a stand against their attackers.
Yesterday, Farrow tweeted the above photo of her with the hashtag #IAmJada
The hashtag quickly blew up, with many men and women tweeting their support for Jada:
Ad the dailydot reflects: ‘ to those who took part in Jada’s humiliation, let this be a lesson to you. There’s nothing you can do to break this girl, or the millions of other young women standing strong behind her.’
Then again we ought to wonder why a girl’s brutalization led to her outright humiliation and degradation in the first place, which implies an unsettling interpretation of women’s rights and the injustices that they are at times exposed to.