Insensitivity goes to a whole new level with this new “trend” called “Jada Pose” that’s been happening on social media following the exposed rape of Houston teen, Jada. We previously reported that she had no clue she was raped at a party until pictures of the assault began popping up on Instagram. Jada recalls being invited to a house party, and she ultimately decided to attend because her friend knew the host. During the bash, the 16-year-old girl claims that she was given a drink that caused her to pass out. She doesn’t remember much after that.
Jada’s alleged rapist hopped on Twitter to plead his innocence and openly mock her, calling her a “hoe” and a “snitch.” His online behavior has only been encouraged by those laughing along with him. The joke has continued with this awful trend and it really shows how awful people can be. The last time that I’ve seen a trend like this was after the untimely death of unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin. Several cruel members of social media flooded timelines with photos of them mocking Martin’s death and labeling it “Trayvoning.” SMH!
And remember the Steubenville rape victim found who out about her assault on social media, after images of her peers dragging her unconscious body were posted on Instagram and Twitter. In a video of her attackers laughing and joking about raping her, you can hear someone say that she’s “deader than Trayvon Martin!” When did we become to insensitive towards violence that we could make a joke about it so nonchalantly?
The #JadaPose hashtag shows a handful of people who were cruel and ridiculous enough to make fun of Jada’s pain, but the beautiful thing about this sick story is that most idiots who are participating in the hashtag and trend are being overshadowed by Jada’s supporters, who offer emotional support.
Many rape victims choose not to speak out because people are so quick to judge them, not believe them or even blame them. Jada was no different. She faced criticism as soon as she spoke out against her attacker, but she refuses to be looked at as a victim. Slate is reporting that by putting her face out there, Jada is taking some power back. It’s much harder to marginalize or even demonize an alleged sexual assault victim who makes you acknowledge her humanity. “There’s no point in hiding,” she explained in the interview. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Jada is a brave young soul. And this hashtag that’s meant to hurt her and every woman who’s ever faced sexual assault could be null and void if we, Jada’s supporters take it over. #JadaPose should be screenshots of the teenager bravely showing her face on national tv, standing strong in her stance for justice. Isn’t that a much better use of the hashtag. I’d post #JadaPose all day if that’s what it was.
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