Social Media Stands in Solidarity With #IAMJADA

Source: YESHA CALLAHAN/The Root.Com

Last week, 16-year-old Jada, of Houston,  went viral. And it wasn’t because of anything positive. Jada attended a house party that she assumed was “safe,” because her friend knew the person throwing it. Unfortunately that night changed Jada’s life forever.

Jada was raped. And her story quickly went viral, as the brave high school student chose to tell her story to KHOU-TV in Texas. Jada didn’t feel the need to be silent about the rape, or to disguise herself.

“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.”

Over the weekend, Jada’s mother, Sukiedia, spoke to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, in an effort to combat the bullying and rape culture that her daughter has been subjected to online.

“It’s been happening to so many ladies around the world,” Sukiedia, whose last name was not revealed, said in the interview. “And the fact that her body was shown on live television, she wanted to make a difference so that other young ladies can come forth and say what’s actually going on.”

On Monday, as a show of solidarity for Jada, Farrow enlisted the help of social media to show support for Jada by tweeting photos tagged with #IAMJADA. The response has been remarkable.