This young woman has done nothing in her life to deserve this humiliation. In a recorded call with one of her alleged attackers, who has been identified as 17-year-old Innel Yahia, he is arrogant and dismissive, saying that Jada never let him “hit” and that she was the aggressor with another young man who was alleged to have raped her. (Though we cannot definitively determine who is speaking, the conversation is consistent with Jada’s story, Yahia’s own posts on social media and peppered with references and slang common to teens.) On the call, Yahia brags about a threesome with two other girls, and Jada’s friends on the call allege that those girls are both under age. The girls also say that he will get his just due.

While the police and our legal system will ultimately decide who will be charged, Jada has shown enormous courage by publicly accusing her attackers at all. After the incident, after pictures of her body undressed below the waist and after other students hit up Yahia’s Twitter account (since deleted) in support of him, posing sprawled on the floor with the hashtag #Jadapose and asking for the “recipe” for the drink that knocked her out, Jada came forward. She has told her story to the local Houston news and on national television on The View. Her mother has also appeared on TV and given her daughter her full support.

This little girl, who has been humiliated and disrespected and exposed literally and figuratively, has had the courage many rape victims don’t, to come forward and say “I’m a victim and what was done to me was wrong.”

Beyonce and Rihanna don’t really have anything to do with this. There’s nothing wrong with liking a celebrity. But they are entertainers whose careers are supported by mega-corporations and have staff to cater to their every whim, as well as fans willing to do literal battle for them on social media.

We pick our heroes because they inspire us. Today my hero is a 16-year-old from Texas who had the courage to stand up for herself in the face of an assault not just at a party, but across social media afterwards. In standing up for herself, she is also standing up for the silent victims that similar things have happened to but who are too scared or traumatized to speak up as well.

Jada has said she wants her attackers punished and jailed. They were wrong. So before you head over to the hottest blog to find out what messy shade Rihanna has dished out today or the latest pics from the “On The Run” tour, take time to drop a #IStandwithJada or a #IAmJada hashtag via Twitter or circulate the very picture that runs with this commentary.

Jada is not alone. She is just one of the many  women already this year who have been raped, murdered or molested. But she doesn’t have a #Navy or a #Beyhive to run to her defense.

Well, I think we should give her one. #IStandWithJada

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11 thoughts on “I Stand With Jada…And Hope You Will, Too

  1. Mary Brown on said:

    I too stand with Jada. Not so much as because it is the right thing to do but mainly because it’s the only thing to do. We have lost our way, and we don’t know how to go back to a time that was somewhat better. How about removing computers or at least limiting their usage. or need for usage. Take away the gaming systems. Have a meal or two with our families, teach our children the honorable way of life. Start a revolution on really getting rid of drugs in our society, How about it? When we see problems, address them and show them a better way to accomplish a healither way of life.

    • seriously on said:

      The main problem is that, there were other people there and none have come forward…The girls are just as bad and perhaps worse than the girls…So what she was drinking underage (common), doesn’t give anyone the right to assault her…And where was the parents in this house…whose stupid enough to live teenagers unsupervised? There is a lack of empathy that is more scary than this incident…I stand by Jada because it is right and we should never condone this behavior. This is also a teachable moments to parents…I do not let my children goes to anyone house not unless I talked too and approved of the parents.

  2. Guest on said:

    It makes me laugh that black media will shove Beyonce and Rhianna down our throats (like no other black female singers are MORE talented) then turn around and use their names AGAIN to say “We need to support Jada as well as them!!” Duhhhhhhhhhh The MEDIA keeps B winning awards her horrible music doesn’t support????These stars have nothing to do with this girl underage drinking at a party which resulted in sex!!!!

  3. Guest on said:

    I remember when my daughter called me from college and told me some of the horrible stuff her teammates were doing (sleeping with FB team, getting drunk fighting in clubs etc.). I BEGGED her to remember how she was raised and not be drunk at parties etc. Well well well one of her teammates who is now the laughing stock of the country (for sending nude to daddy) was BOOTED from team!!! In the military my drunk roommate who treated me horribly wanted me to testify for her when she claimed rape during one of her drunk party nights….NOT! I’m sick and tired of these girls getting a pass and we go after the guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet now the Navy Academy BLACK FB players will stop chasing after white girls who are scared to tell daddy/mommy they like black men instead yell RAPE!

  4. Speshelest on said:

    I stand with Jada. Any person should be able to go to a party and not be drugged and raped. These boys are animals and cowards. I pray the justice systems finds them guilty and that the further get the justice they deserve once behind bars.

  5. Constance on said:

    True, this boy was wrong for what he done to Jada, but some of these young girls need to take responsibility for their own actions as well. Had she not been underage drinking, this would not have happened to her. But for the fact that she decided to take that first sip, that’s what started it all for her.

  6. Unfortunately in our society we have young men who ether don’t realize
    or care about ramifications of their sexual antics. But fortunately their stupid
    enough to record them for future prosecution, your sexual reputations will probably
    take a turn for the worse now that your Mommy’s and Daddy’s will have to shell out
    tens of thousands in legal defense . There are numerous news articles about these types of incidents and what can happen to those accused and or convicted.
    Young people today don’t seem as intelligent as those of the past
    And modern technology often gives them the ability to bring that to light

  7. stephanie on said:

    Good for you, don’t be shamed into become a victim, be courageous , be strong and fight until you get justice for your self. turn the table on those cowardly bastard, do whatever you can to bring attention to them if will get them lock up. Bunch of good for nothing dogs.

    • And after you do all that, don’t go out drinking until you’re of age and old enough to understand that when you are out anywhere where young animals are present, you can’t trust anyone to look out for you. Accepting a drink from anyone but a bartender whom you watched prepare the drink is club safety 101. These dumbass savages need to be locked up, raped and videoed by their cellmates and the videos put on social media. When we start punishing vermin with the same torture they meted out to their victims, a lot of this foolishness would stop.

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