Kudos to Jada for driving her own narrative
By now most Americans are aware of Jada’s story. Jada is a 16 year old Houston, Texas girl. She went to a house hanging-out party and was seemingly drugged. She passed out and several boys took pictures and videos of her. Jada was raped.
The young boys (sex criminals) placed the videos and pictures of Jada on the Internet. These pictures went viral. Her friends started calling her to make sure she was alright. Her accused rapist mocked her on twitter. Eventually the hash tag #jadapose was born and attached to a silly meme.
Unlike many rape victims who hide and cower because of the pain of exposure, Jada did not. She told KHOU the following.
"There's no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
Jada has gone national with her story. She appeared on Ronan Farrow Daily and told her story. She wrote a letter to President Obama reminding him that he expressed the importance about doing something about cyber bullying. She established her own hash tag #IAMJADA to send a message. What people saw in those videos and pictures, “That’s not who I am,” Jada said.
Jada is controlling her own narrative. It is sad that this vile act happened to her. She shows the mental fortitude to overcome it. She shows the resolve to fight back and not hide as if the sex criminals had some right to abuse her. Other women will hear her story to help them be more careful in similar situations. Others will use her story to fight back. Something like this should happen to no one. Kudos to Jada.