TikTok, social media helps abuse victim find hope

April 13, 2021 @ 10:12 AM ET

UPSON COUNTY, GA – A Salem, Alabama man is in custody today after a Thomaston woman says she was attacked after he broke into her home in the early morning hours Sunday, following the two breaking up the previous week.

29-year-old Cody Mitchell Weems was arrested later the same day for aggravated sexual battery and first degree home invasion and was booked into the Upson County Jail. The jail’s database lists both charges as misdemeanors. However, each are actually felonies according to Georgia state law.

These charges have since been updated:
Bond denied, new charges filed against man accused of attacking pregnant ex-girlfriend

Weems is no stranger to jail, having been arrested 5 times just in Muscogee County alone, one of the counties this publication posts jail bookings from. From multiple DUIs to assault, theft to trespassing, and just about everything in between.

Normally we don’t share information about victims. However, in this case, Kylie Strickland has used social media as a weapon to build #KyliesKrew, a group of people with one common goal: support Kylie.

Using Facebook and TikTok, Kylie has built a platform with thousands of followers who have rallied around her to love, laugh, and cry.

The story was also picked up by Bikers Against Abuse International, a page based in Georgia with over 70k followers, dedicated to helping victims of abuse from across the country.

Weems is still in custody. No word yet if a bond has been granted, but we will be following this case closely and will provide more information as it becomes available.