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Jada Pinkett Smith Takes Up Sexual Assault Cause

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Gearing up to launch a new fall show, Jada Pinkett Smith also has another important matter on her mind.

Pinkett Smith is speaking up for rape victims, a cause that nearly hit close to home for the actress, who revealed her niece was recently drugged, though fortunately not assaulted.

Appearing at Sunday’s Fox TCA panel for the upcoming Caped Crusader original series Gotham in Los Angeles, Pinkett Smith had first addressed the topic of sexual assault earlier this month after the hashtag #justiceforjada started trending following an incident in which a 16-year-old named Jada was drugged and raped.

“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.”

The actress explained, “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.”

Taking the larger view, she said, “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.”

Pinkett Smith is already at work to empower and educate her 13-year-old daughter, Willow.

“I had my niece sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience,” Pinkett Smith said.

“It’s one thing to sit with me as her mother: It’s like ‘OK, 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.’ ”

 

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  1. That almost happened to me. Me and a group of friends went to a party where there were a lot of people . We got separated at the party but when I drank something, I started to feel really bad. I rushed and got my friends and another in our group had been drugged. When I was sitting with my group, I noticed how there were many men snooping around hoping that I was by myself. We sat around for a while until I was able to walk around, then we left.

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