16-year-old girl says her rape went viral: ‘I’m just angry’

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 6:12 PM

Editor's note: It is not our policy to identify rape victims, but Jada, with her mom's blessing, told KHOU 11 News she did not want us to hide her identity. She says she has nothing to hide and wants the people who did it to be caught.

HOUSTON -- A young girl named Jada never thought twice about accepting what seemed like a harmless impromptu invite to the home of a friend of a friend last month.

“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”

But what happened inside the home became a nightmare for the 16-year-old high school junior.

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

Jada said the teenage boy hosting the gathering offered her a drink of punch. She believes he spiked it with a drug. She claims she passed out and had no clue about what had happened until disturbing tweets, pictures and videos started to appear on social media.

Jada said she was raped that night. Kids have been sharing them with their cell phones.

"Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”

Houston Police are investigating Jada's claims. Her mom asked not to be identified.

“No one’s daughter deserved this,” said Jada's mother. “No human being deserved this.”

In a way, it's as though Jada’s been assaulted twice, both inside the house and online. And even though it's the policy of KHOU 11 News not to identify rape victims, Jada refused to hide.

"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.”

In the meantime, Jada remains haunted by the reminders and in pain. She’s hoping police make an arrest soon.

“I’m just angry,” said Jada.

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