Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out about an incident in early July—when her 20-year-old niece was given a date rape drug and was almost sexually assaulted—in order to raise awareness of this dangerous trend.
“My niece was given a date rape drug,” Jada explained to the Fox TCA panel audience. “She’s 20 years old. Thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her.”
“She was safe because she was with a group of friends that realized – she said, “Oh, my god, I can’t feel my …” and she started losing consciousness.”
The Matrix Reloaded star has been very vocal about her support for Jada, the 16-year-old teen who bravely told her story after she was drugged and raped at a party.
“There is an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women. We have to figure out how we can empower people in different ways.”
The actress added that her daughter Willow has been schooled about the dangers that women face by her cousin and encourages all women should do the same:
“I had my niece sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. It’s one thing to sit with me as her mother. It’s like ‘Okay, Mom, yeah, I get that.’ But when you have your 20-year-old cousin that comes in, and she’s like, ‘This is what happened,’ and it was somebody you looked up to as well, it’s like, ‘Oh, man, this is really real.'”
“I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first, because when you allow a person to be an individual and you allow a person to have power within and have confidence with who they are, she’ll never have to look in the eyes of a man and question whether it’s a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ – she’s going to be very clear.”
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