Jada Pinkett Smith Supports #JusticeForJada Campaign, Reveals Her Niece Was Given A Date Rape Drug

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For any mom, as your kids get older, the main concern is how to protect them.  Especially when it's impossible to be with them every second of the day.


Last week,after a campaign went viral in support of a 16-year-old high school student (named Jada) who was raped at a party after her drink was spiked,  Jada Pinkett-Smith showed her support by posting on her Facebook page:

This could be you, me, or any woman or girl that we know. What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic?

At the time, what Jada didn't share was that the incident hit home for her. That weekend, her 20-year-old niece was slipped a date-rape drug as well. Opening up to Us Weekly about the terrifying experience, Jada says her niece was fortunate because she was with friends who cared about her well-being:

"If you saw what I put on Facebook, you also saw that this could happen to any woman that we know and the unfortunate part is that my niece was given a date-rape drug that weekend. Thank god -- she's 20 -- so thank god that nothing happened, because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her, and with three of her friends. She said, 'oh my god I can't feel my…' she was losing consciousness. Thank god the people she was with put her in a room, closed the door, and she didn't come to for three and a half hours.

She also revealed that she made sure her niece sat down with her daughter Willow and had a serious talk about being cautious -- even if you think you know the people you're around.

I'm not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in. The first thing I had my niece do was sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don't just sit with Willow and go, 'hey, this is what Mommy thinks.' Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy's been talking to you about."

What I do with Willow is 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 on who they are, you'll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it's a yes or a no. She's gonna be very clear: No. She's gonna be very clear: yes. And she's gonna be in a position to be able to determine how to protect herself. Know when you're in danger. Should you be a girl that goes into a room with four men drinking. Should you? Even if you think you know them? Is this about wanting to be the cool girl or is this about wanting to set a standard for yourself?

After her sit-down with her cousin and mom, Willow Smith also took to her Twitter to share her support for the #JusticeforJada campaign by writing:

#JusticeforJada This women is infinitely courageous and brave. WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO HER MAKES ME SO ANGRY! WE NEED TO LEARN!

what are we going to do? I am so disappointed. do we have no humanity anymore?

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Click here to read more about #JusticeforJada and and Jada's unfortunate story.

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