It looks like more and more people who are victimized through social media are using the very same platform to start campaigns and spark change. Last month Deb Antney’s #NORIP campaign gained traction on social media. What started the campaign? The suicide of her son which was the result of a few issues including his negative interactions on social media. Now Texas native, Jada, is doing the same. The teenage girl who was drugged at a party, rapped and then exploited online is using the same method to fight back. Jada and her family have started the #IAmJada movement to speak out against cyber bullying and the online rape culture that she was subjected to after the details of her rape went viral last week.
“There’s no point in hiding,” Jada told KHOU-TV in Texas. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
The response has been enormous and the movement impactful already. Jada’s mature decision to use her experience to change the culture of social media at such a young age is beyond courageous. We should think twice when poking fun on social media. Behind every meme is a real person with a real life. Show your support by using the hashtag #IAMJADA.