//#jadapose: the predictability of victim blaming

#jadapose: the predictability of victim blaming

Edit: This article was updated 28 July 2014 in response to a comment left regarding the Lyle Howe supporters. The added information is at the bottom.

[su_divider] [su_quote]They aren’t just raping someone, they are delighted that they’re raping someone. [/su_quote]

The predicability is sickening. The same disgusting comments, attacks, hate, and depraved mocking. It’s like a subconscious rubber stamp that gets plastered over every and any victim that dares to speak up.

This past month the story of Jada, a 15 year old Houston teenager, made international headlines after she came forward to expose rape culture at it’s ugliest. She was raped and, as has become all too common in our connected world, some disgusting asshole captured and shared images of her laying on a floor unconscious and partially nude. It was posted to Twitter with the hashtag #jadapose and it wasn’t long before others created meme’s of her and Tweeted themselves for the world to see.

Mocking a rape victim is, sadly, only part of the predicability. We have seen it before with Audrie Pott, Daisy Coleman, in Stubbenville, and with my daughter – Rehtaeh Parsons. Rape is such an evil ugly crime but to photograph yourself doing it? They aren’t just raping someone, they are delighted that they’re raping someone. So much so they want the world to see. They are so certain of where the fault lies, and so sure of the inevitable victim blaming, they actually record themselves committing rape and share their depraved violation with the world.

In Rehtaeh’s case the rapist in the photo is actually smiling and giving a thumbs up for the camera.

In the case of Jada it wasn’t just the photo, it’s the mocking of her with memes. Rape memes. Honestly, how low can some people slither.

#jadapose rape memes

#jadapose rape memes

Fortunately, the #jadapose hashtag was picked up and repeated by people with a sense of justice and compassion and replaced the ignorance and abuse. There is also a #jadacounterpose with Tweets of support and admiration for her.

It’s not just the photos that connect these recent cases. The rape culture similarities go much further with the victim blaming that accompanies almost every rape case. These two statements, the first from Steubenville and the second related to Jada, give a glimpse into the latest apologist lie:

Victim Blaming // Rape Culture

Victim Blaming // Rape Culture

You see it’s not about rape, it’s about embarrassment. Never mind the glaring truth that the victim is unconscious in the photos and thus it is rape!

Following Rehtaeh’s death a comment was posted on my site (not approved) that reads, “She lied. She cried. She died. It’s time to end the lies, Glen. She got embarrassed when the picture got out and created a terrible story.”

A comment posted on the Facebook page “Support the Boys” by the father of one of the male rapists reads:


In our social media driven world of instant mass communication the claim that victims only come forward after the photo gets out is fast becoming the new catchphrase for rape apologists.

Rape Apologist

Rape Apologist

A recent conviction for sexual assault here in Halifax resulted in a support group for the convicted man, Lyle Howe. They held a march with signs, chants of justice, and demands for a retrial. Predictably the groups Facebook page was filled with many of the often used victim blaming nonsense. The victim, according to supporters, is a “whore …a ditch pig …a slut …didn’t get what she wanted …a liar …had condoms” and on and on and on and God help us.

One of the supporters wrote he hopes the victim gets AIDS. Nice group.

The image to the left says it all. The Facebook support page went private when it became obvious the Howe supporters couldn’t stop the rape apologists from posting what most of them are obviously thinking.

It’s truly heartbreaking how lacking in compassion and decency some people can be.[su_divider] Edit:

Above I stated a Lyle Howe supporter wrote he hopes the victim gets AIDS. In response to that a comment, posted below, was made stating, “Noone [sic] said I hope she gets AIDS. That’s ridiculous. Our supporters discuss the whole’s [sic] in the Crown’s case and we are specifically against blaming the victim.”

To substantiate my post I am adding this screen capture from the Lyle Howe supporters page. The comments may have been removed but the people who made them are still members of the group. The Facebook page has also been made private following other call outs from local media outlets including the Chronicle Herald and Frank Magazine.

From the Justice for Lyle Howe Facebook Page

From the Justice for Lyle Howe Facebook Page

[su_divider] [su_quote]“You keep the title of ‘president’ even if you served only one term. The same goes for rapists.”
~ Christy Leigh Stewart[/su_quote]
2016-10-21T21:43:13+00:00July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Sexual Assault|5 Comments


  1. trina August 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Put herself through what? She had no choice. Her roommate brought her to the police station because she told him she didn’t remember the sex. You have no idea what you are talking about Glen.

  2. Glen Canning August 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    They didn’t do the “exact same thing” Trina.

    I find it very hard to believe you think she would put herself through something like this because she is embarrassed. People say the same thing about many sexual assault victims and it’s nonsense.

    There is no reason at all to suspect she is lying. Not one.

    In the end the jury believed her testimony over his, and why shouldn’t they?

  3. Trina August 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I read a statement online where a person named Guy stated in relation to the Lyle Howe matter that: “it means nothing that Mr. Howe is Black”. There was a response to this statement and I quoted the statement below. It’s kinda interesting.

    “This is a scary sentiment and speaks to exactly what Black Nova Scotian’s are afraid of in terms of attitudes of some (emphasis on some) Nova Scotians. “Being black means absolutely nothing”. That’s why he didn’t have a single Black Nova Scotian on his jury panel (out of 200 people). About 3% of the population in NS is Black so if it was a random selection there should have been 6 Black Nova Scotian’s out of 200 and there were zero. That’s because as Guy says “Being black means absolutely nothing”. It means nothing in terms of getting a “jury of your peers” and it “means nothing” that there has never been a Black Nova Scotia judge at our Supreme Court, nor at the federal level. And it means nothing that Mr. Howe was really the first high profile Black defense attorney in Nova Scotia and his career is taken away. All of this “means nothing” to some (again emphasis on some) Nova Scotian’s. Which is why to this jury, his account of what happened “means nothing”. Also the fact that she had the same amount of alcohol as he did “means nothing” (and she outweighed him by 50 lbs and was a more seasoned drinker). The fact that there were no drugs in her system “means nothing’. The video of her walking in the house during a period of time that she claims to “be fuzzy” despite seeming to have all of her faculties “means nothing”. The fact that she did the exact same thing as him (i.e. had sex with a person that had a few drinks) “Means nothing”. She is a victim and he deserves to go to jail despite the fact that they did the EXACT same thing. And the scary thing is that some people like Guy state that this “means nothing”.”

  4. Glen Canning July 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Thank you for your comment Trina.

    I updated this article to add a screen capture of the “I hope she gets AIDS” statement to substantiate my claim.

    I know controlling what everyone says on a Facebook Page is very difficult but that comment was made.

    It’s a mistake to think that if there were black jurors or a black judge it would mean Lyle Howe would have been found innocent. To believe that is to believe our justice system should be stacked towards innocence or guilt before a trial happens and we would be replacing one wrong with another.

    Yes, systematic racism exists in Nova Scotia. It exists in other jurisdictions as well, and in those places black juries and black judges send black men to jail. There is no reason to think it would have been different if Lyle Howe’s case was heard by a black judge and a black jury as there was no claim of racism during the trial. If Howe was claiming the evidence gathered was the result of a racist police investigation and they made those arguments during the trial you would have a case. That did not happen.

    How would feminists feel if there were zero woman out of a 200+ jury panel? The jury panel is based on a random selection of Health records. I doubt there would be an outcry unless it could be shown the selection was biased and took into account a persons age, education, religion, financial status, orientation, and, what you’re asking for, race. Howe and his lawyer removed from the 200 person jury pool anyone who was a victim of sexual assault or knew someone who was. They picked from the 200 they had and they ended up with those 12 – including the foreign student people are now saying shouldn’t have been selected. It’s not perfect but it’s better than a system that is intentionally tainted.

    I hope you believe me when I say I have little to no faith in our current system. I am not defending it by any means but I do know convictions for sexual assault in this province are rare. In fact we have the worst charge and conviction rate in Canada. I am looking at this case and our justice system through different eyes than you are.

  5. trina July 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Regarding the justice for Lyle Howe followers, Noone said I hope she gets AIDS. That’s ridiculous. Our supporters discuss the whole’s in the Crown’s case and we are specifically against blaming the victim. This is not about her, its about systemic racism, all white juries and a lack of justice for Black men in this province. It’s about ignorance and the fact that Nova Scotia has never had a black supreme court judge. There were zero Black Canadians on Lyle’s jury. How would feminists feel if there were zero woman out of a 200+ jury panel?

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