Due to a recent incident that hit very close to home, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith quickly became an advocate for rape victims, after revealing her niece was recently drugged. Fortunately, she was not assaulted. Thank God she was one of the lucky ones, where it’s unfortunate that there are millions of others who cannot say the same.
“My niece was given a date rape drug that weekend,” the actress, 42, told reporters at the Gotham panel. “She’s 20 years old – thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her.”
She appeared at Sunday’s Fox TCA panel to talk about the new upcoming series Gotham in Los Angeles, but made it a point to address the topic of sexual assault. The discussion in particular revolved around 16-year old Jada who was drugged, raped and exposed all over social media.
“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,” she told Us Magazine. “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 goes on to tell Us “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.”
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