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16-Year-Old Houston Girl’s Rape Goes Viral On Social Media With #JadaPose Hashtag

| by Khier Casino

A 16-year-old Houston girl is stepping forward and taking a stand against her alleged rapists after photos of her semi-naked body were posted to social media.

The girl, who was identified only as Jada, told local television station KHOU 11 in an interview that she was invited to a party last month where she was offered a cup of punch that she now thinks was laced with drugs.

Jada claims she was raped after drinking the punch and had no knowledge of it until photos of her semi-nude body went viral on social media, which then inspired the #JadaPose hashtag, BuzzFeed reports.

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Houston police are currently investigating Jada's claims, but many of the images include people copying her limp pose.

“I had no control,” Jada said in the interview. "I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”

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The Houston Press reached out to a Vine user, via Twitter, who posted the following video. He told them he uploaded it when he "was bored at 1a.m. and decided to wake up my (Twitter timeline),” and he did not know Jada personally.

Hit that #jadapose https://t.co/G9eLocZzFN

— youngin (@FilthyDeee) July 9, 2014

After the hashtag spread throughout social media, other Twitter users began using the hashtag to show their support for Jada and speak out against her attackers.

that #jadapose shit funny when you first see it , but when you find out what they imitating it becomes disappointing

— (@briidollaz) July 10, 2014

For all the sick, twisted teenagers out there who think posting naked pics is funny, it's a felony & can land you on sex offender registry.

— Humanitarian (@All4Humanity) July 9, 2014

#Jadapose is just one of many reasons why we need #YesAllWomen. Disgusting.

— Pauline (@Passie_Kracht) July 10, 2014

Whoever tweets #jadapose is getting unfollowed unless you're saying how stupid it is. Rape is NEVER something to mock like this.

— Or Nah (@throwthepie) July 10, 2014

“No one’s daughter deserved this. No human being deserved this,” Jada’s heartbroken mother, who chose to withhold her own name, told KHOU. She permitted her daughter to go public with her story.

Jada said in the interview that she was angry and hopes her attacker gets arrested soon. She says she now wants to be home-schooled.

“There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told reporters. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”

Sources: KHOU 11BuzzFeedHouston Press