Will There Be Justice For Jada?
Source: Think Progress
In an incident that shares several elements with the infamous Steubenville rape case that made national headlines last year, a 16-year-old girl from Texas says that photos of her unconscious body went viral online after she was drugged and raped at a party with her fellow high schoolers. But the victim isn’t backing down. She’s speaking out about what happened to her, telling her story to local press and asking to be identified as Jada.
After other teens started mocking her online — sharing images of themselves splayed out on the floor in the same pose as Jada’s unconscious body under the hashtag #jadapose — the victim decided to speak out. She sat down with local outlet KHOU 11 to tell her side. “I’m just angry,” Jada said.
According to Jada, she was invited to a party at a fellow high schooler’s house. The boy who was hosting the party gave her a drink that she believes was spiked with a drug that made her lose consciousness. She passed out and doesn’t remember what happened next. But then she started seeing evidence of her sexual assault circulated online, and some of her peers started texting her to ask her if she was okay.
Then, #jadapose started turning her rape into a joke. When the Houston Press reached out to one of the individuals who shared a popular #jadapose photo, he said that he didn’t personally know Jada and was simply “bored at 1 a.m. and decided to wake up my (Twitter timeline).”
Jada decided to share her name and her story with the press because she has nothing to hide anymore. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body,” she said, “but that’s not what I am and who I am.” Nonetheless, the social media firestorm has taken a toll on her. She says she now wants to be homeschooled.
“No one’s daughter deserved this,” her mother, who asked not to be identified by name, told KHOU 11 News. “No human being deserved this.”
Like Jada, the Steubenville rape victim found out about her assault on social media, after images of her peers dragging her unconscious body were posted on Instagram and Twitter. A video of her attackers laughing and joking about her victimization — saying she was “deader than Trayvon Martin” — horrified people across the nation who wondered why these boys thought violating someone’s consent was so funny. After the internet hacktivist group Anonymous got involved in the case, and started demanding justice for the Steubenville victim, much of the country started paying attention to the criminal proceedings in the tiny Ohio town.
But, while Steubenville certainly helped spark a national conversationabout issues related to rape culture, it’s worth remembering that it’s hardly the only egregious example of sexual assault, victimization, and cyberbullying. The increased awareness to the subject at the time didn’t change the fact that the majority of teens still don’t learn anything abouthealthy relationships or sexual consent, and most young girls actually think of sexual violence as normal. Cases like Jada’s are happening all across thecountry, often exacerbated by kids who think it’s funny to post about it on social media.
The Houston police is currently investigating Jada’s allegations, and no arrests have yet been made. The alleged perpetrator has denied that a sexual assault occurred, referring to Jada as a “hoe” who “snitched.”
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Victims of sexual assault expect privacy. But 16-year-old Jada was violated all over again once explicit images from her rape surfaced on Twitter. So Jada decided to take her story public.
“There’s no point in hiding,” the Houston teen tells KHOU. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
I’m sharing this because certain people on twitter NEEDS TO BE STOP! Specially the ignorant side of black twitter! Every time something bad happen to a young black women or black girl twitter is quickly to explode it into something bigger! And Jada story is one of them! She’s a 16 yearls high school student she could be your sister,cousin, neighbor, or classmate! This tragic thing happened to her and these ignorant people on twitter looking for followers exploit this to point where the disgusting hashtag was created #jadapose. People tweeting pictures of themselves in the pose in which Jada was found! What I find even worse about this its that a lot of the people doing these poses are young black men and women. Something like this happen to someone who could possibly be your sister and instead of asking for justice you rather create a new meme? And some of them even argue “oh how do you know she got rape?” Does it matter? a picture of an underage girl laying on the floor looking like she’s passed out is not something be laughed at EVER! Like @_kimberrrly said ”A rape victim’s trauma is not grounds for a new internet meme. Pls do not partake in such ignorance. Report #jadapose pictures.”
I’m happy and proud of Jada for speaking and not letting this disgusting thing becoming any bigger
Which brings me to what I’m trying to ask or say here when will sexual assault towards black girls and young black women will be taking serious by young black people?
i truly don’t understand what kind of world we live in.
This is disgusting
This makes me sick.
Texas Rangers player Prince Fielder from ESPN’s upcoming 2014 Body Issue. Daaaaaamn!
Big men represent!
The Kum and Go. Or as my mom called it, the ejaculate and evacuate.
Jizz and jet
shoot and scoot
blow your load and hit the road
bust ya nut and off ya strut
This is the best set of commentary I’ve ever seen.
Oh, this is nothing. A while back, Kum and Go had a contest for people to name their giant 32-ounce refillable mug.
My wife and I had a blast submitting entries like the Kum Guzzler, Kum Bucket, and, my personal favorite, Kum Bath. I think y’all should keep making suggestions for this amazing Kum Barrel.
Being a nice guy and being a “nice guy”: Know the difference.
There is LITERALLY no difference.
Women don’t owe you shit. We are not sex objects. Too bad if you’re sad about it. You don’t deserve anybody. You are not entitled to another human being.
That’s just how it works.
HOLY SHIT WHAT
IT’S PERFECTLY NATURAL TO BE SAD WHEN SOMEONE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN DOESN’T WANT TO BE WITH YOU
Jesus fucking Christ that’s not entitlement, that’s totally normal disappointment.
There’s a difference between the first and second pictures and if you can’t see it then holy fuck, I’m sorry about your failing vision.
THAT LAST COMMENT LIKE HOLY FUCKING YES
I wrote about this recently and how the media influenced my own thinking as a “nice guy,” most notably in Pretty in Pink. Back in the 80s, I empathized with Duckie and felt like he should wind up with Andie. Rewatching it recently, Duckie was a completely different character: desperate and manipulative. And this kind of “nice guy doesn’t get the girl despite being fun and quirky and dedicated to the girl” storyline is ubiquitous in ’80s films. Looking back on it from my current perspective, I can see how this entitlement came to spread among young men.
A lot of it has to do with the emphasis of masculinity and how it’s proven in social groups, and one that is emphasized heaviest in our culture is something like “manly men get the hottest chicks.” There’s a lot of praise from male friends for dating someone widely perceived as “hot.” So it drives a kind of desperation in some boys when someone they perceive as as “hot chick” isn’t interested in him, and he thinks they can persuade her to change her mind if he does X, Y and Z. That X, Y and Z depends on a lot of things, but PUAs are the most notorious examples of X, Y, and Z thinking. For me, I felt like the only thing I had to offer was either my sense of humor or some grand romantic gesture. If I could make a cute girl laugh, then I felt like she must like me like me. Obviously that isn’t always true, so when I would make that grand romantic gesture and the girl rejected me, I would feel a sense of disappointment and betrayal. If if she happened to be interested in another guy, especially if the guy was a particularly heinous asshole, it fueled my bitterness all the more. And it seems pretty common that they way guys deflect the basic facts (you aren’t attractive to a person you’re attracted to) is to ascribe to a conspiracy theory wherein all women are attracted to assholes because what else explains her not liking me, such a nice guy? The whole thing is a defense of the rejected guy’s masculinity. And the fact that all of this happens during puberty, the most tumultuous time in a person’s life, means it gets brewed into a toxic blend of entitlement and misogyny.
But the thing is, if there is a cultural influence upon the expectations that young men have about young women and relationships, then we can push back against that culture to promote healthier ideas of relationships and masculinity. It doesn’t mean this cycle of entitlement has to continue.
Richard Haste, an NYPD officer, killed an unarmed black teen (Ramarley Graham) in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother at point blank range over marijuana. The landlady, Paulet Minzie, 55, ran out the shower with only a towel after hearing the gunshots. Officers then put a gun to her head and told her to put her hands up. It wasn’t until she told them that there were cameras surveilling them, that they put their guns down.
Court papers say “[He\] immediately lowered his weapon. His demeanor completely changed, and he alerted his colleague that they may be on camera,”. The footage later revealed that Graham walked calmly to his apartment followed by police barging in without a warrant, contradicting the officers original claim that the teenager was running away from him. (Source)
Haste was freed on $50,000 bail yesterday after pleading not guilty. Police cheered for him as the parents of Graham wept in the court room.
just so folks know, this about two years old (the info and the article).
There hasn’t been much news, but iirc, Haste was cleared and the family is pursuing a federal civil suit.In which Police Dept’s often leave it to their respective Cities (That would be Tax Payers) to decide what
pricesettlement whould be suitable for the life of a person murdered by cops. Justice? Sorry, the Police are not subject to this concept.