A Houston teen was allegedly drugged and raped last month, and her assault was plastered on social media sites, local Houston outlet KHOU reported.
Jada*, 16, told reporters that she didn’t think anything of attending this party; most of the boys there she thought were her friends. She said, “Just kids hanging out...I just got swooped into it.”
Jada recalled that upon her arrival to her friend’s house she was given a drink that she believes was spiked with some sort of drug. She doesn’t remember anything else from that night — until tweets of pictures and videos of her assault popped up online.
“I had no control,” Jada said. "I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”
And while she is angry, she refuses to remain silent and ashamed. "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.”
What’s even more disturbing about this case is that her alleged attacker has been taunting her on Twitter calling her a “hoe” and a “snitch.” (His Twitter account “WhiteBoyFlair” doesn’t exist anymore as of July 10.) Not to mention, his friends and supporters (both male and female) have created a hashtag #jadapose making fun of her by posting images of themselves posing in positions that mirror the images of her attack, according to The Root.
Her mother, who asked that her name not be used in the media, is devastated by her daughter’s attack telling KHOU that “no one’s daughter deserved this…no human being deserved this.”
Jada does not want to go back to school and would prefer to be home-schooled. The police have yet to make any arrests.
Sexual assault, especially in the Black community, is not new or rare. However, this incident and similar accounts like it including the Steubenville rape case, underscore the desperate need for more programs and conversations that teach young men and boys what rape is, how they can prevent it, what constitutes consent and what doesn’t. But we also need to work harder at teaching all teens that sexual violence is not funny or normal.
When will this vicious, sexist violence stop?
*Editor’s Note: Normally news outlets do not share or publish the names of rape victims as a means of protecting their identity. However, “Jada” and her mother gave the news consent to use her first name when reporting on her story.
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(Photo: KHOU 11 News)