Last month, 16-year-old Houston teenager Jada passed out at a party. She woke up without any memory of what happened, but when she returned home, she found that her underwear was on backwards. She believes she was raped.
Photos and videos of her lying unconscious at the party began surfacing on social media. The first, she said in her recent interview on "Ronan Farrow Daily," was only up for a few seconds, but more followed. People also tweeted images of themselves in which they mocked the way her body was arranged in the photos -- arms slung on either side and one leg bent perpendicular to the other -- with the hashtag #jadapose.
It would be understandable if being ridiculed by what felt like "millions" had shocked Jada into silence. But this 16-year-old is fighting back, speaking out publicly about the alleged assault and working hard to reclaim her image.
Jada has devised a new hashtag and a new pose, one that she says better captures who and what she is: strong.
— Team Ronan Daily (@RonanDaily) July 14, 2014
With her arm curled like Rosie the Riveter, Jada's stance is powerful in her new photo.
She has inspired other social media users to tweet their own poses as well, all under the hashtag #IAmJada.
— Feminist Campus (@feministcampus) July 11, 2014
Considering how adverse our society can be to protecting victims of sexual assault, their support speaks volumes.
"As a nation, as a whole, we have to begin to support victims and stand behind victims and encourage them to speak out because this culture of silence goes back for decades in this nation," Quanell X, a spokesperson for the family, said on "Ronan Farrow Daily."